Schizoaffective Disorder affects a person in two ways. Firstly their mood being their thoughts and emotions and secondly their physical behaviour being their actions. It is similar to Schizophrenia in such that the person suffering from this will have hallucinations and delusions. It is also similar to Bipolar where the person will have manic or depressive moods, or a combination of both of these.
The symptoms vary from person to person. They can experience psychotic episodes where they hallucinate, become paranoid and have totally chaotic thoughts. Mood changes can happen alongside this, or it can be interchangeable. The moods can be manic where they have high energy and act completely out of character, or depressive where they are utterly down. Other symptoms include disturbing thoughts of suicide and murder, speaking incoherently, lack of concern in their physical appearance as well as their personal hygiene, being either catatonic (as if in a coma) or at the other end of the scale acting completely manically.
Schizoaffective Disorder is a very debilitating disorder and the sufferers can lead very lonely lives. The disorder can lead to Schizophrenia, alcohol and substance abuse, major depression and to the person having suicidal tendencies