Being Diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder
Ruling out other mental health disorders is necessary to make an accurate diagnosis for schizoaffective disorder treatment. Displaying symptoms of more than one mental illness makes it tricky to get an accurate diagnosis. Mistaking it for a mood disorder or schizophrenia is not uncommon because the person really has a combination of both.
Determining a diagnosis may start with a physical exam to rule out other problems. A doctor may order tests and screenings to exclude conditions with similar symptoms. An MRI or CT scan may also be part of this process.
The next part is usually a psychiatric evaluation to check the person’s mental status. A mental health professional will observe appearance and demeanor. They will also ask questions such as the person’s:
- Potential for suicide
Being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder is not a death sentence. Prognosis is good with the right treatment plan. A person has a better chance of getting better with long-term commitment to treatment. This may include a combination of medication, therapy and family support.