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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
33
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (29) depressed mood (5)
1 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)

(Invega)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (18) depressed mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (14) depressed mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (11) depressed mood (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (8) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Geodon)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (12) hallucinations (2)
1 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 (19 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain difficulty sleeping through night 14 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (29) depressed mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (17 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fatigue 22 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (25) delusions (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Invega)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (17 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness anorgasmia 9 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive confusion daytime sleepiness 3 more
Total evaluations
11
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (13 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 20 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (18) depressed mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (7 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) dystonia 3 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (14) depressed mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain constant hunger 11 more
Total evaluations
10
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (3 evaluations)
Side effects
fear of gaining weight (pocrescophobia) loss of sex drive (libido) 5 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (11) depressed mood (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive appetite nausea
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (8) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Geodon)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue headaches 6 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (12) hallucinations (2)
1 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 18
20s 149
30s 274
40s 310
50s 176
60s 58
70+ 9
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 223
20-29 years 104
30-39 years 59
40-49 years 30
50-59 years 11
60-69 years 0
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

73% Female
27% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 488
Not Diagnosed 25

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