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Medical Term:

schizoaffective disorder


  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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