It is an essential part of daily living that we are able to navigate our way around our environment and find the things we need. This navigation is helped by our eyes, ears, and nose as well as our sense of touch, which are constantly feeding information back to the brain. Sometimes, though, the brain can get confused and will begin to make us think things are there when they really are not.
Schizoaffective disorder causes confusion in the brain and is usually characterized by delusions and hallucinations 1. Sufferers will believe in things that just aren’t true and see and hear things that do not exist. Mood disorders such as mania and depression are also common symptoms of the condition.
Schizoaffective Disorder Symptom #1: Mania
Most of us are generally quite happy overall. Sure, we have the occasional setback and there are sometimes when we will feel quite down, but we mostly enjoy our lives. There tends to be a balance to our happiness as well; rarely do we become so happy that we could be considered euphoric.
People with schizoaffective disorder, however, will experience prolonged periods of excessive happiness, or mania 2. Even when everything around them is going wrong, they can still feel a sense of elation. This mania can have a big impact on their decision making and can be a very damaging symptom of the condition.