Treating Schizoaffective Disorder

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For an overview of what Schizoaffective Disorder is, please view the post <a href=http://www.queenslandmentalhealth.com/what-is-schizoaffective-disorder/>What is Schizoaffective Disorder</a>. There are several different kinds of treatments to deal with Schizoaffective Disorder. They include: medications, counseling, and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Your doctor will work with you to decide the best course of treatment.
What kinds of medications?
During your treatment your doctor may decide to prescribe you medications. The kinds of medications you may be prescribed are antipsychotics, mood-stabilizers, and/or antidepressants. Each of these medications treat a different area of Schizoaffective Disorder depending on the symptoms you have.
Antipsychotics? So I’m Crazy?
Antipsychotics will be prescribed to help with psychotic symptoms. It’s important to remember that “psychotic” isn’t an insult. It simply means any behaviors or symptoms that aren’t considered normal or typical. So no, you’re not crazy! Antipsychotic medications treat symptoms like hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia. Some of the medications you may be prescribed are:
• Haloperidol
• Risperidone (Risperdal)
• Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
• Clozapine (Clozaril)
• As well as many others
What do Mood-Stabilizing Medications Balance?
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