Schizoaffective disorder can be difficult to diagnose as it features symptoms of multiple illnesses. Each client at Creative Care receives a full psychological evaluation, physical examination, and clinical observation, giving us a complete diagnostic snapshot to begin an individualized treatment plan. To learn more about the residential mental health treatment program, call us today.
Schizoaffective disorder is a mental health condition that features elements of schizophrenia along with mood disorders, such as bipolar and depression. It tends to manifest in the late teen and early adult years and can cause serious problems in school, work, and social settings. Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic mental health condition, meaning it requires ongoing management. However, with the proper medication and therapy, individuals can live happy, productive lives.
There are two types of schizoaffective disorder, bipolar and depressive, with symptoms from each corresponding mood disorder. Schizophrenic symptoms appear in both.
- Disorganized thinking and problems with communication
- Manic episodes and racing thoughts
- Risky behavior
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
- Poor personal hygiene
Scientists have yet to pin down a cause for schizoaffective disorder. However, genetics and environment are major factors. A family history of schizoaffective disorder increases the risk that it may manifest in an individual. As with schizophrenia, low dopamine levels are also believed to be associated with it. Finally, psychoactive drugs – stimulants, depressants, narcotics, hallucinogens, and cannabis – may also increase the risk factor.
Treatment of schizoaffective disorder involves a blend of medication and therapy. The expert team at Creative Care offers a complete residential mental health program to best determine the most effective treatment for each individual. Our seasoned staff will guide you every step of the way to find what works best for you.
Creative Care also teaches clients and family the coping skills necessary for a successful reintegration into everyday life, including self-care, social skills, and money management. We may also refer you to outside programs for ongoing care when necessary.
Creative Care has over 30 years of experience helping individuals manage and overcome mental health conditions like schizoaffective disorder. For compassionate, innovative treatment, call Creative Care today.