I experience schizoaffective disorder but I am not my diagnosis

Ann, June 17, 2020

Before I experienced mental illness for myself, my knowledge of mental illness was zero. That all changed in 1997, when I found myself in a very dark place. A lot of unpleasant experiences occurred at the same time, which resulted in my feeling that I could no longer cope with life. This resulted in a mental breakdown and began a journey which lasted for about 10 years. There is no doubt that I was severely mentally ill. However, once I was aware that there was hope for the future, the recovery process began.

Schizoaffective disorder

Schizoaffective disorder is a mental illness that affects a person’s mood, thoughts and behaviour. Around one in 200 people develop schizoaffective disorder and some point in their life.

What are some of the symptoms of schizoaffective disorder?

A person diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder may experience symptoms of both schizophrenia and bipolar – these can include psychosis, mania and depression.

Symptoms of mania may include: