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
35
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (29) depressed mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Treatment name(s)

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

(Invega)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
depressed mood (9) schizoaffective disorder (9)
1 more
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)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
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)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
anxious mood (5) pain (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (9) hallucinations (2)
4 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
weight gain difficulty staying asleep 15 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
schizoaffective disorder (29) depressed mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Risperdal)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (15 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain overeating 16 more
Total evaluations
19
Treatment name(s)

(Zyprexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for schizoaffective disorder (14 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain constant hunger 13 more
Total evaluations
14
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 (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) fear of gaining weight (pocrescophobia) 5 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (9) schizoaffective disorder (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) dystonia 2 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
depressed mood (11) schizoaffective disorder (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth increased anxiety 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)

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

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
excessive appetite low testosterone 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5) pain (5)
2 more
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)
4 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 15
20s 163
30s 291
40s 337
50s 231
60s 77
70+ 12
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 233
20-29 years 108
30-39 years 64
40-49 years 30
50-59 years 11
60-69 years 0
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 310
Female 814

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 567
Not Diagnosed 24

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