Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Schizoaffective Disorder (295.70)

Schizoaffective disorder is characterized by mood disturbance along with psychosis.  The criteria are:
  • An uninterrupted period of illness during which there is either a major depressive, manic or mixed episode and symptoms that meet the characteristic symptoms of schizophrenia. 
  • Two or more of the following characteristic symptoms, present for a significant portion of the time over a one-month period
    • Delusions
    • Hallucinations
    • Disorganized speech (such as frequent derailment or incoherence)
    • Grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior
    • Negative symptoms (flatness of affect, avolition)
  • Symptoms of the mood episode are present for a substantial portion of the total duration of the illness.
  • This disturbance is not caused by the effects of a substance or a medical condition.

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