Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 1091701

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Posted by Christ_empowered on September 4, 2016, at 15:54:58

...are people still diagnosed w/ schizoaffective? I was diagnosed with Schizophrenia for a while, now the diagnosis is Bipolar I w/ recurrent psychotic depression or something like that.

I dunno. I don't know why I even care about diagnosis--my current treatment works well--but...I wonder...

is Schizoaffective a midway point between Bipolar and Schizophrenia? Is it even a valid diagnosis?

Sometimes, I think social class plays a big role in my diagnosis. When my people were considered more middle-middle class, the pros were all about ODD, NPD, ADD, blah blah blah. Now, they're more "genteel" and solidly behind me, and by some kinda DSM magic, I'm "Bipolar I" of some persuasion. I'm wondering...if they were still middle-middle class, if I was on my own, etc...would it just be "schizophrenia" ?

Can't complain too much. My treatments (1200/Trileptal, 100/Lamictal, 400/Wellbutrin, 30/Abilify) work well for me. I don't know if changing to a schizoaffective diagnosis would have any impact on treatment. I just wonder, that's all...



Re: schizoaffective...

Posted by SLS on September 4, 2016, at 18:24:15

In reply to schizoaffective..., posted by Christ_empowered on September 4, 2016, at 15:54:58

I believe schizoaffective disorder is an illness unto itself. This becomes most obvious with the bipolar subtype. Here, the psychosis is not associated with depression.

I have seen it up close a few times. These people expressed a predictable pattern of affective and cognitive impairments.

normal -> manic -> schizoid psychosis -> depression -> normal.

One person was able to avoid triggering the cycle by using Xanax (alprazolam) to prevent the mania.

Although not currently in vogue here, I believe it is important to identify what disorder you are treating rather than treating individual symptoms. Of course, one must sometimes settle for palliative measures and focus on symptoms when a definitive diagnosis cannot be established.

- Scott


Re: schizoaffective...

Posted by Lamdage22 on September 5, 2016, at 3:50:15

In reply to Re: schizoaffective..., posted by SLS on September 4, 2016, at 18:24:15

It is when symptoms of schizophrenia and affective symptoms like in MDD or Bipolar disorder mix.

Thats the definition.

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