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
36
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (32) depressed mood (6)
3 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
20
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (13) depressed mood (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (14) hallucinations (2)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (12) depressed mood (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (5)
2 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
brain fog difficulty staying asleep 18 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (32) depressed mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (25 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 20 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (26) 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 (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (7 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) dystonia 3 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (13) depressed mood (12)
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)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drooling especially at night 3 more
Total evaluations
8
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)
4 more
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
7
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (12) depressed mood (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth increased anxiety 2 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive appetite low testosterone 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (5)
2 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 290
40s 319
50s 194
60s 70
70+ 11
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 229
20-29 years 105
30-39 years 62
40-49 years 29
50-59 years 12
60-69 years 0
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 281
Female 760

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 548
Not Diagnosed 25

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