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
27
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (26) delusions (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Invega)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (14) depressed mood (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (17) hallucinations (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
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)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (7) anxious mood (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12

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 (18 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty staying asleep difficulty waking up 15 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (29) depressed mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (24 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 25 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (26) delusions (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 (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drooling especially at night sleepiness
Total evaluations
9
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 (14) depressed mood (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (13 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 21 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (17) hallucinations (2)
3 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)

(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)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive appetite low testosterone 3 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (7) 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
8
  • 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 147
30s 281
40s 313
50s 184
60s 60
70+ 10
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 224
20-29 years 105
30-39 years 61
40-49 years 30
50-59 years 12
60-69 years 0
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 269
Female 736

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 533
Not Diagnosed 25

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