schizo·​af·​fec·​tive | \ ˈskit-(ˌ)sō-a-ˈfek-tiv How to pronounce schizoaffective (audio) \
variants: or less commonly schizo-affective

Definition of schizoaffective

: relating to, characterized by, or exhibiting symptoms of both schizophrenia and a mood disorder (such as major depression or bipolar disorder) schizoaffective patients schizoaffective disorder

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Paul Tarashuk had schizoaffective disorder, suffering delusions and hallucinations. Jim Axelrod, CBS News, "Man suffering psychotic breakdown left alone near highway by South Carolina first responders," 31 July 2019 He was raised by a single mother who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and borderline personality disorder. Heather Knight,, "Why are more mentally ill people wandering SF streets? Report gives answers," 30 July 2019 Valentina has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, paranoia, depression, schizoaffective disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to court documents. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Mom of a jailed woman with mental illnesses asks that she be released," 24 July 2019 Omar Wesley was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, which is characterized by hallucinations and delusions, among other symptoms. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mental health advocate sues county, says it failed to provide mental illness medication to her son in jail," 3 July 2019 Hall previously had been diagnosed as having schizoaffective disorder, which can cause delusions, hallucinations and disorganized speech, according to the family’s civil claim. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Walnut Creek police release footage, 911 calls in fatal shooting of man suffering from mental illness," 25 June 2019 Meiko suffered from schizoaffective disorder, a condition characterized primarily by symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations, and symptoms of mood disorder. Ross Dellenger,, "'The Fraternity Nobody Wants to Be Part Of:' Marty McNair, Mike Locksley's Unique Bond," 13 June 2019 Twelve years later—eight years after her first auditory hallucination—she was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Anna Altman, The New Yorker, "In “The Collected Schizophrenias,” Esmé Weijun Wang Maps the Terrain of Her Mental Illness," 4 June 2019 The essay collection tracks the author’s affliction—she has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type—but also discusses the limitations of diagnosis, the mixed blessing that labelling an affliction entails. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Most Anticipated Books of 2019: 19 Picks You Should Have on Your Reading List," 1 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of schizoaffective

1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schizoaffective

schiz- + affective

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schizo·​af·​fec·​tive | \ -a-ˈfek-tiv How to pronounce schizoaffective (audio) \
variants: also schizo-affective

Medical Definition of schizoaffective

: relating to, characterized by, or exhibiting symptoms of both schizophrenia and a mood disorder (such as major depression or bipolar disorder) schizoaffective disorders schizoaffective patients

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