What You Should Know
Schizoaffective disorder combines the problems of schizophrenia with those of a mood disorder. As with schizophrenia, victims lose touch with reality. However, schizoaffective disorder is more likely to come and go, like depression and mania tend to run in cycles. The condition affects more girls than boys. Look at Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia descriptions for more information.
An imbalance in the brain’s chemical messengers is the most likely cause, but its exact nature – and the reason for it – are still unclear. Stress alone will not trigger this illness, though it can make the symptoms worse. The problem is more likely to develop if you have a family member with a mood disorder.
If you suspect your child of having any disorder you must seek help from a mental health professional as symptoms can worsen and be harder to treat over time.
Links or Useful Resources for SCHIZOAFFECTIVE DISORDER:
See also Schizophrenia and Bipolar resources in this section.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - www.camh.ca
Canadian Mental Health Association – www.cmhawwd.ca
Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO) – www.mdao.ca or local 519-570-4595
Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - www.schizophrenia.on.ca