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What are the mood symptoms of schizoaffective disorder?

People with the depressive subtype of schizoaffective disorder exclusively experience depressive episodes, which include:

  • Feelings of sadness or emptiness
  • Tearfulness
  • Weight loss or change in appetite
  • Too little or too much sleep
  • Restlessness
  • Feeling tired or lack of energy
  • Guilt or self-blame
  • Loss of concentration or the ability to make decisions
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

People with the bipolar subtype of schizoaffective disorder experience manic or mixed episodes (and may or may not also experience depressive episodes). Manic mood symptoms include:

  • Unusually high, grand, or irritable mood
  • Inflated self-esteem
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • More talkative than usual
  • Racing thoughts or ideas
  • Easily distracted
  • An increase in working towards goals (especially in creative work)
  • Risky behavior (such as gambling or sex with many partners)

Please talk to your doctor or healthcare professional if you have questions about schizoaffective disorder.