Schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder

Many people who have been given the diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder feel that it is inaccurate. If you are one of those people, know that our therapy sessions will not focus on your diagnosis, but on your goals.

If you do identify as having schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, you are certainly not alone. About 1% of the U.S. population is estimated to have schizophrenia, which is over 3 million people.

One of the primary symptoms of schizophrenia is psychosis. Psychosis refers to hallucinations or delusions. Hallucinations occur when people hear voices or see things (or more rarely, have other sensory experiences) that others do not experience. Delusions are fixed, false beliefs. Psychosis is very real to the people who experience it.

In addition to psychosis, some people with schizophrenia have difficulties with motivation, communication and activities of daily living.

People are diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder when, in addition to ongoing symptoms of schizoprenia, they experience mood disorder episodes (either depression or bipolar disorder.)

Although schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder are chronic conditions, it is possible to learn how to manage symptoms, and reach your goals. Individual therapy, group therapy, and psychiatry can help you get back on your feet and live a meaningful life.