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Schizoaffective Disorder - Mixed Affective Disorder. Is it more serious?


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There are two types of schizoaffective.
Schizoaffective depressive type - means you have had no mania only depression (as well as the psychotic symptoms)

Schizoaffective bipolar type - means you have had a manic episode and/or a mixed episode (depression and mania together)

Personally I don't think there's anything that's better or worse than something else. I've met people who have severe anxiety and cannot cope with everyday life and I've known people who have schizophrenia who live relative normal lives. Everyone is affected in different ways so someone who has had a manic episode is no better or worse off than someone who has had a mixed one.

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If you mean in the way that being in a mixed state can be a dangerous place if you are suicidally depressed and have enough energy to attempt, I don't know. But, that isn't the dx that is the state you are in at the time.

I am with dazed and confused that you can't really compare. For me, anxiety can be more distressing than psychosis.

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3 hours ago, dazed and confused said:

There are two types of schizoaffective.
Schizoaffective depressive type - means you have had no mania only depression (as well as the psychotic symptoms)

Schizoaffective bipolar type - means you have had a manic episode and/or a mixed episode (depression and mania together)

Personally I don't think there's anything that's better or worse than something else. I've met people who have severe anxiety and cannot cope with everyday life and I've known people who have schizophrenia who live relative normal lives. Everyone is affected in different ways so someone who has had a manic episode is no better or worse off than someone who has had a mixed one.

^^In bold ...

Actually there are 3 types of SZA.  SZA, schizophrenia-type.  Idk what this exactly means, but it is written down in my medical records like this.

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On my medical records it says I've experienced a 'mixed affective state' but I have Schizoaffective disorder so I thought those two must go together some how -  I didn't want to go into the discussion whats worst but I'm worried about my social security claim and if its considered serious enough for me to warrant benefits....   

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7 hours ago, dazed and confused said:

Really? OK because I've only ever seen that there are two types, interesting...

 

7 hours ago, confused said:

I have only seen the 2 types, also.

Same with me, and the only reason I mentioned it was because it is part of my diagnoses in my record.  Not sure what pdoc means by it ... if I remember to, next week I will ask him when I see him.

7 hours ago, straightjacket said:

On my medical records it says I've experienced a 'mixed affective state' but I have Schizoaffective disorder so I thought those two must go together some how -  I didn't want to go into the discussion whats worst but I'm worried about my social security claim and if its considered serious enough for me to warrant benefits....   

I think it matters more how it affects you in life, and how much you are disabled from it.  I had bipolar, BPD, among other things, when I went on SSDI, and over the course of years my diagnoses changed.  When I first went on SSDI I was completely non-functional, and wasn't experiencing any SZA symptoms.  And my main diagnosis was bipolar.

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My online chart says "SZA Schizophrenia". No mention of type. I too have never heard of this. I know i have been told I have bipolar, thus the BP type of SZA is what I have. Maybe there is a third type? 

While IP recently they said I had BP I. But I know better. A year long stint in the state hospital and I am pretty sure enough observance was met. :/ Plus all my other pdoc's I've had say SZA. 

I was put on SSDI after that extended stay in a state hospital. Been on it ever since. 

I think they may mean you have recently had or are having a mixed episode. But that your diagnosis is SZA. But definitely ask your dr about this. No one knows for sure but him/her. 

I don't know about if everyone with mixed states or SZA gets SSDI or if it's severe enough. That's for dr's to decide. 

Good luck with your case! 

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