How is schizoaffective disorder diagnosed?
A psychiatrist will diagnose schizoaffective disorder through a mental health assessment. You may get a diagnosis for schizoaffective disorder if you have depressive or manic symptoms with schizophrenic symptoms.
Psychiatrists will use the following manuals to help to diagnose you:
- International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) produced by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) produced by the American Psychiatric Association.
The manuals are guides which explain different mental health conditions. They also explain symptoms of the conditions and how long certain symptoms should last for before a diagnosis should be made.
You may have had a combination of both psychotic symptoms with bi-polar symptoms, to get a schizoaffective disorder diagnosis. However your symptoms should be clearly there for at least 2 weeks.
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