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Commonly referred to as schizophrenia with some mood problems. Included are psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia and either depression or mania. Common issues with someone with this disorder are that they have poor social skills, lack of personal hygiene and are disconnected from their peers. Symptoms specifically for schizophrenia may include hearing voices, paranoia, delusions, loss of attention and memory, confused and unusual thoughts, confusing speech or severe agitation. Symptoms for mood disorder may include depression, thoughts of suicide, irritability, manic episodes, lack of energy, loss of appetite and sleep issues. Schizoaffective disorder is mainly but not solely heredity.
Whenever you apply for Social Security disability it is recommended to be under the treatment of a specialist in that field. A qualified psychiatrist would need to comment on your treatment history and prognosis which should include any lab work, hospital stays or suicidal ideations. Keep in mind that Social Security does not care what your disability is, only how it prevents you from working. Therefore, continuous ongoing treatment and adherence to taking any prescribed medications is crucial. Also, if you have an issue with alcohol abuse or take illicit drugs, Social Security will not approve your disability as they feel that these substances inhibit the effectiveness of prescribed medications by your healthcare provider.