Schizoaffective disorder

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What is schizoaffective disorder?

Schizoaffective disorder is a category of mental conditions that includes symptoms of schizophrenia and affective disorders. It has features of both schizophrenia, including hallucinations, delusions, and distorted thinking, and a mood component, such as depression or mania.

Common symptoms reported by people with schizoaffective disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with schizoaffective disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (23) Depressed mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (25) Delusions (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Anxious mood (21) Insomnia (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Invega)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (15) Insomnia (5)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (19) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (13) Depressed mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (13) Depressed mood (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Insomnia (17) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
Pain (9) Anxious mood (4)
3 more

Data from patients with schizoaffective disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with schizoaffective disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Brain fog 14 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (23) Depressed mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Fatigue 20 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (25) Delusions (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Cognitive confusion Daytime sleepiness 4 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
Anxious mood (21) Insomnia (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Invega)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Anorgasmia 11 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 20 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (15) Insomnia (5)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Constant hunger 15 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (19) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Fear of gaining weight (pocrescophobia) 6 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (13) Depressed mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased sex drive (libido) dystonia 3 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (13) Depressed mood (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Anxious mood 9 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
Insomnia (17) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive appetite Low Testosterone 3 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
Pain (9) Anxious mood (4)
3 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with schizoaffective disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has schizoaffective disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 15
20s 128
30s 244
40s 260
50s 153
60s 46
70+ 8
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 213
20-29 years 101
30-39 years 54
40-49 years 29
50-59 years 9
60-69 years 0
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

72% Female
28% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 467
Not Diagnosed 25

These charts show data from schizoaffective disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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