Schizoaffective Disorder Symptoms

The symptoms of schizoaffective disorder combine features of both mood disorders and schizophrenia. Symptoms usually emerge in early adulthood and these can often be misinterpreted as features of other conditions.

Schizoaffective disorder will affect cognition, behaviour and emotion.

During a episode with depressive features, symptoms may include poor appetite, weight loss, insomnia, agitation, general slowing down, loss of energy and interest in usual activities, feelings of worthlessness, guilt, difficulties with concentration, and suicidal thoughts. During an episode with manic features, symptoms may include an increase in work, social and sexual activity, racing thoughts and talking, inflated self-esteem, grandiosity, reduced need for sleep, and self-destructive behaviours.

Importantly at some stage during the illness, psychotic symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, disorganised speech, disorganised behaviour, total immobility, lack of facial expression, and loss of motivation should be present without mood related symptoms for at least 2 weeks.