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
30
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (25) depressed mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Treatment name(s)

(Invega)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (19)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
depressed mood (11) schizoaffective disorder (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (9) depressed mood (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
anxious mood (11) schizoaffective disorder (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (9) hallucinations (2)
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 (18 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain difficulty staying asleep 14 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (25) depressed mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (16 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain overeating 17 more
Total evaluations
20
Treatment name(s)

(Invega)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (20 evaluations)
Side effects
anorgasmia cognitive confusion 10 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (19)
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (13 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain constant hunger 12 more
Total evaluations
13
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) dystonia 2 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
depressed mood (11) schizoaffective disorder (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (2 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) fear of gaining weight (pocrescophobia) 4 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (9) depressed mood (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drooling especially at night fatigue
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (11) schizoaffective disorder (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth withdrawal effects
Total evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
sedation weight gain
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (11 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 16 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (9) hallucinations (2)
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 16
20s 154
30s 298
40s 346
50s 254
60s 90
70+ 15
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 232
20-29 years 109
30-39 years 66
40-49 years 29
50-59 years 11
60-69 years 0
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 331
Female 841

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 572
Not Diagnosed 24

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