All mental disorders cause distress for those who live with them, but few conditions are more disruptive than schizoaffective disorder. This chronic mental health condition is relatively rare, impacting only 0.3% of the population. However, for those living with the disorder and the people who love them, schizoaffective disorder can be devastating. Helping patients and families find effective treatment options is a calling for the doctors at Advanced Mental Health Care. Anyone in or around the Greater Palm Beach, Florida, area who suffers from this condition should seek treatment as soon as possible.
This grave mental health condition shares commonalities with both schizophrenia and mood disorders. That is partly to blame for the high rate of misdiagnosis that people with schizoaffective disorder face.
Schizoaffective disorder often has one or more of the following symptoms:
Researchers have found that people who suffer from schizoaffective disorder are also at an elevated risk of substance abuse, which is often the result of an attempt to self-medicate.
The exact cause of schizoaffective disorder is unknown, but researchers have identified several contributing factors:
There is a noted pattern of this disorder in families, which suggests a genetic tendency to develop the condition.
Researchers and mental health practitioners note that stressful events can trigger the onset of schizoaffective disorder.
It appears that the chemistry and the structure of your brain can lead to the development of schizoaffective disorder. Brain scanning technology is advancing this important field of study.
Researchers have found a strong link between psychoactive drugs and the eventual development of schizoaffective disorder.
There are several treatment approaches that the team at Advanced Mental Health Care use to address schizoaffective disorder.
Treatment usually begins with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy. Family counseling is an important component of care and serves to provide support to the people who live with someone suffering from this disorder.
Medication is also a vital element of treatment; a blend of antipsychotic medications, mood stabilizers, and antidepressants can be effective.
Self-management education is also a powerful tool in learning to live with schizoaffective disorder.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a unique treatment option available to men and women seeking care at Advanced Mental Health Care. This is a field that offers enormous potential. To access this cutting-edge TMS therapy, schedule an appointment for an initial consultation.