May 23, 2017
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Schizoaffective Disorder (cont.)

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What is the prognosis of schizoaffective disorder?

The prognosis of schizoaffective disorder can be challenging. Some studies indicate that about 47% of people with this illness or schizophrenia can be considered to be in remission after five years, and about one-quarter of individuals have appropriate social functioning for two years or more. The prognosis for people with schizoaffective disorder tends to depend on how well the person was functioning before the illness began, the individual's compliance with prescribed medication to treat the illness, the number of illness episodes the person has, how persistent their psychotic symptoms are, as well as their level of cognitive functioning. Overall, however, individuals who suffer from schizoaffective disorder tend to have psychotic symptoms for a longer time before getting treated and to have a more difficult course compared to those with bipolar disorder. Whether an individual suffers from schizoaffective disorder or schizophrenia, they are more likely to have more frequent, troubling hallucinations and anxiety, as well as more difficulty attending work regularly over time compared to people without those illnesses.

Is it possible to prevent schizoaffective disorder?

Once schizoaffective disorder has occurred, prevention of future episodes is best achieved when the person suffering from the illness receives consistent treatment, including medication and psychosocial treatment of their symptoms.

Are there support groups for schizoaffective disorder?

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Schizoaffective.org

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/20/2017

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/schizoaffective_disorder/article.htm

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