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Medical Term:

schizoaffective disorder

 

Definition:

  1. an illness manifested by an enduring major depressive, manic, or mixed episode along with delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech and behavior, and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. In the absence of a major depressive, manic, or mixed episode, there must be delusions or hallucinations for several weeks.
  2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when the specified criteria are met.

See Also: negative symptom, schizophrenia, major depressive disorder2, mixed episode, manic episode, affective psychosis, major depression

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