Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder: What Is the Difference and Does It Matter?

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Schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder are psychotic disorders with overlapping symptomatology. Physicians can very easily issue the wrong diagnosis, ending in less than optimal treatment for the patient. Furthermore, treatment issues are also complicated in schizoaffective disorder, because these patients have often been included together with schizophrenia patients in clinical trials. There is a clear need to establish in the minds of physicians, caregivers, patients, and others the difference between the two disorders as well as prognosis and optimal treatment options for each.

Leslie Citrome, MD, MPH, Chair
Professor of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, New York, New York, Chair

Nassir Ghaemi, MD
Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Director, Mood Disorders Program, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts

John M. Kane, MD
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, The Zucker Hillside Hospital; Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York


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