Schizoaffective disorder is a mental health condition that involves manic or major depressive episodes along with symptoms of psychosis, such as delusions and hallucinations. Schizoaffective disorder can affect the way a person thinks, acts, and feels, which can be scary and overwhelming for those who struggle with it.
At Signature Psychiatric Hospital, located in North Kansas City and Liberty, Missouri, we provide personalized inpatient treatment for adults who are suffering from schizoaffective disorder, along with outpatient care for adolescents ages 13-17.
By receiving care at our premier inpatient treatment center, people who have schizoaffective disorder can stabilize, address crisis symptoms, and work toward long-term healing in a supportive treatment environment.
Signs & Symptoms of Schizoaffective Disorder
Schizoaffective disorder symptoms can vary depending on the mood episodes (manic or depressive) and psychosis symptoms someone may be experiencing. In general, schizoaffective disorder includes persistent mood-related symptoms as well as delusions or hallucinations that last for at least two weeks without a major mood episode.
Signs and symptoms of schizoaffective disorder may include:
- Delusions (fixed false beliefs)
- Hallucinations (false perceptions of reality)
- Disorganized speech
- Lack of expression
- Strong feelings of sadness and hopelessness
- Lack of energy
- Feeling excited, energized, or irritable
- Racing thoughts
- Excessive talking
- Increase in reckless behavior
If you are experiencing schizoaffective disorder symptoms, it may be important to seek support at a professional treatment place such as Signature Psychiatric Hospital. At Signature, our qualified staff is ready to provide you with an assessment that can evaluate your behavioral healthcare needs and determine whether Signature is the right place for you.
Schizoaffective Disorder Statistics
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), schizoaffective disorder has an estimated lifetime prevalence of 0.3%, making it less common than other mental health conditions.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) reports that schizoaffective disorder symptoms typically begin in early adulthood. However, onset can occur anytime from adolescence through to older adulthood.
Additionally, according to information shared by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), approximately 10%-30% of inpatient admissions related to psychosis are for schizoaffective disorder.
Potential Effects of Schizoaffective Disorder
If left untreated, schizoaffective disorder can have a range of negative impacts on someone’s health, well-being, and overall functioning.
Effects of schizoaffective disorder can include:
- Problems at work or school
- Social difficulties
- Family conflict
- Feelings of loneliness
- Trouble functioning in daily life
- Lack of self-care
- Loss of quality of life
- Onset of co-occurring mental health concerns or addictions
- Increased risk for suicide
Fortunately, it is possible to manage the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder and work toward a healthier future. Seeking care from a qualified schizoaffective disorder treatment center can help you heal from the challenges you may have faced and acquire resources and strategies that can help you live a more satisfying life.
Benefits of Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment
Often, one of the first steps in treating schizoaffective disorder is a comprehensive evaluation and accurate diagnosis. Receiving an assessment at a qualified treatment place such as Signature can help you access appropriate treatment and begin the process of healing and managing the symptoms you have been suffering from.
Signature Psychiatric Hospital offers schizoaffective disorder treatment that is designed based on the unique needs and strengths of each patient.
At Signature’s inpatient schizoaffective disorder treatment center, you can work with a professional treatment team that will create a customized care plan just for you. Your individualized treatment plan will outline therapies and services that can help you manage crisis symptoms and prepare for the next steps on your treatment journey.
Receiving personalized schizoaffective disorder treatment can help you build coping skills and identify support systems that can assist you on the path to long-term healing.
Therapies Used in Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment
Schizoaffective disorder treatment often includes the following features:
- Education about schizoaffective disorder
- Skill-building and problem-solving, including in the areas of communication, relationships, and coping strategies
- Meaningful support, including through family and group therapies
At our inpatient schizoaffective disorder treatment center, we offer individual, family, and group therapies for patients. These counseling sessions can provide valuable opportunities for learning and support alongside qualified professionals. We also offer medication management for patients who may require this service as part of their treatment plans, as well as specialized support for people who are struggling with co-occurring addictions.
Your care at Signature may also draw on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which can help you explore thoughts and behaviors and develop new ways of responding to challenges and stressors.
Throughout treatment, social support can be a key resource as you work to manage your symptoms and improve your well-being. Supportive family members and friends can help you follow your treatment protocols and maintain structure and wellness in your daily life.
Why Choose Our Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment Center
At Signature, we offer inpatient schizoaffective disorder treatment at North Kansas City Hospital in North Kansas City, Missouri, and Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Missouri.
We have a dedicated multidisciplinary staff that works to provide supports and services that can help patients positively transform their lives. At Signature, you may work with doctors, nurses, social workers, and more as you follow your individualized treatment plan.
Signature Psychiatric Hospital also provides a full continuum of care and detailed aftercare planning so that patients can receive the follow-up services they may need on their ongoing healing journeys.
This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Signature Psychiatric Hospital.