Center for Schizoaffective Disorder Education and Information

Center for Schizoaffective Disorder Education and Information

Schizoaffective Disorder

Schizoaffective Disorder – a disorder in which the individual suffers from both symptoms of schizophrenia and symptoms of depression and/or mania. It is caused by genetic defects.

It is estimated that schizoaffective disorder affects between one half to one percent of the population, which means that over 35 million people worldwide have the disorder.

The term schizoaffective was first used in 1933 by Jacob Kasanin and has been included in every edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders since 1952.


Schizoaffective disorder is due to genetic defects that alter brain structure and function. Neuroimaging studies show abnormalities in the brain structure of people with schizoaffective disorder. These neurological abnormalities manifest as a particular set of symptoms, a combination of schizophrenia, depression and/or mania. There is no cure for the disorder, however there are effective treatments.
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Center for Schizoaffective Disorder Education and Information:
Aims at dissemination of information to those diagnosed with the disorder, along with the general public.
Aims to help end the stigma of mental illness.
Aims to further research into schizoaffective disorder.