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Schizoaffective Disorder

Diagnostic criteria for 295.70 Schizoaffective Disorder

A. An uninterrupted period of illness during which, at some time, there is either a Major Depressive Episode, a Manic Episoe, or a Mixed Episode concurrent with symptoms that meet Criterion A for Schizophrenia.

Note: The Major Depressive Episode must include Criterion A1: depressed mood

B. During the same period of illness, there have been delusions or hallucinations for at least 2 weeks in the absence of prominent mood symptom

C. Symptoms that meet criteria for a mood episode are present for substantial portion of the total duration of the active and residual periods of the illness.

D. The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition.

Specify type:
Bipolar Type: if the disturbance includes a Manic or a Mixed Episode (or a Manic or a Mixed Episode and Major Depressive Episodes)
Depressive Type: if the disturbance only includes Major Depressive Episodes (p. 295-6)

(1994) American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic And Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association

Links to Schizoaffective Disorder websites:

  • Fact Sheet: Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Treatment of schizoaffective disorder..
  • NMHA - Schizoaffective Disorder
  • MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia: Schizoaffective disorder
  • Schizo-affective Disorder
  • WebMD - Schizoaffective disorder



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