What are the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder?
Symptoms of schizoaffective disorder are:
You may experience the following if you have mania:
- Feeling happy or positive, even if things are not going well for you,
- Feeling overly active, energetic or restless.
- Feeling more irritable than usual.
- Feeling much better about yourself than usual.
- Talking very quickly, jumping from one idea to another or having racing thoughts.
- Being easily distracted and struggling to focus on 1 topic
- not needing much sleep.
- Thinking you can do much more than you actually can.
- Doing things you normally wouldn’t which can cause problems. Such as spending lots of money, having casual sex with different partners, using drugs or alcohol, gambling or making unwise business decisions.
- Being much more social than usual.
- Being argumentative, pushy or aggressive.
You may feel the following if you have depressive symptoms:
- low mood,
- less energy, tired or ‘slowed down’,
- hopeless or negative,
- guilty, worthless or helpless, interested in things you normally like to do,
- sleep or have disturbed sleep,
- more or less hungry than usual or have a weight change, or
- thoughts of death or suicide, or attempt suicide.
Schizophrenia is a mental illness which affects the way you think. Symptoms can have an effect on how to cope with day to day life. Symptoms include:
- hallucinations. You may hear, see, or feel things that are not there
- delusions. You may believe things that are not true
- disorganised speech. You may begin to talk quickly or slowly, and the things you say might not make sense to other people. You may switch topics without any obvious link.
- disorganised behaviour. You may wear clothes that are not appropriate to the weather. You may act inappropriately to other people, such as laugh if they tell you sad news.
- catatonic behaviour. You may feel unable to move or appear to be in daze.
- negative symptoms. You may find it hard to think straight.
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