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 (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (24) delusions (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (12) depressed mood (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (13) depressed mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (14) hallucinations (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
pain (8) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
depressed mood (8) schizoaffective disorder (4)
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 (17 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty staying asleep difficulty waking up 14 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (29) depressed mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (24 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 21 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (24) delusions (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Invega)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (20 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness anorgasmia 10 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (21)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (3 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) fear of gaining weight (pocrescophobia) 5 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (12) depressed mood (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drooling especially at night 3 more
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) dystonia 3 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (13) depressed mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (11 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain constant hunger 13 more
Total evaluations
11
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (12 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 18 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (14) hallucinations (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive appetite low testosterone 3 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (8) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth increased anxiety 1 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
depressed mood (8) schizoaffective disorder (4)
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 17
20s 145
30s 284
40s 317
50s 191
60s 64
70+ 11
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 225
20-29 years 105
30-39 years 62
40-49 years 30
50-59 years 12
60-69 years 0
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 274
Female 749

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 540
Not Diagnosed 25

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