If you or your loved one is experiencing symptoms of schizoaffective disorder, then it’s time to seek treatment. At first, symptoms may appear confusing or strange. However, at Lifeskills South Florida, our expert care and homelike setting create the perfect environment for working toward recovery.

What Is Schizoaffective Disorder?

Schizoaffective disorder generally exhibits similar symptoms to schizophrenia, often leading to a misdiagnosis. Although individuals with this mental health disorder experience hallucinations, disorganized thinking, and delusions just as those with schizophrenia do, there are key differences between the two mental health disorders.

The critical difference between schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia is the presence of a mood disorder along with thought disorder symptoms. Individuals with schizoaffective disorder experience symptoms of a mood disorder, which results in two variants of the disorder:

Depressive type: individual experiences episodes of major depression without mania
Bipolar type: individual experiences episodes of depression and mania

Unlike schizophrenia, those with schizoaffective disorder experience symptoms of mood disorders for extended durations. Additionally, psychotic symptoms tend to occur in shorter episodes than those associated with schizophrenia.

Although the conditions are very similar, they each require specialized attention and treatment.

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What Causes Schizoaffective Disorder?

Medical professionals still don’t fully understand the exact cause of schizoaffective disorder. However, many recognize that the factors that can have an impact on someone’s condition can be both genetic and environmental. Some of the most common factors include:

  • Brain structure and chemistry
  • Stress and trauma
  • Drug abuse
  • Genetics

At Lifeskills South Florida, our team of professional clinicians will work with you to figure out the root of your mental health disorders and how to address them in treatment.

Mental Health Disorders and Addiction

Individuals with mental health disorders, such as schizoaffective disorder, often struggle with co-occurring substance use disorders. Often, when mental health disorders go without a diagnosis and comprehensive treatment, individuals rely on addictive substances to calm their minds.

For example, those with a depressive type schizoaffective disorder may use stimulants to lift their depressed moods or distract them from difficult thoughts. However, relying on addictive substances can eventually lead to dependence and addiction. A comprehensive mental health and substance use disorder treatment facility will teach clients healthier ways to manage the symptoms of a mental health disorder.

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Therapies for Mental Health

For those seeking treatment for mental health disorders, therapy and medication are imperative for mental health management. At Lifeskills South Florida, we support our clients on every step of their recovery journeys. We offer a wide variety of mental health therapies, including:

At Lifeskills, clients work with two therapists: the first is their primary care therapist and the second is a family therapist. In addition to participating in individual, evidence-based practices, clients also reconnect with their families and strengthen bonds through family therapy. These programs help individuals understand themselves, learn how their schizoaffective disorder affects their lives, and how to manage the symptoms of their thought disorders without turning to unhealthy habits.

Treatment For Schizoaffective Disorder at Lifeskills South Florida

At Lifeskills South Florida, we dedicate ourselves to providing the highest quality care to our clients. Our long-term residential treatment facility has a dual license, carrying both an ACHA license for primary mental health treatment and a DCF license to treat substance use disorders. In addition to schizoaffective disorder, we also treat:

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