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Well, PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder ( neurotic disorder ), while schizoaffective disorder ( psychotic dsorder ) is a mixed state comprising of schizophrenic symptoms as well as mood symptoms such as depression or mania or both . Since in a PTSD a person may show signs of depression , which at times may muddle the clinical picture , but on thorough evaluation by a psychiatrist , schizophrenic symptoms will be elicited and this will rule out the diagnosis of pure PTSD . However , the two conditions may co- exist .
So, although pure PTSD will not mimic Schizoaffective disorder , but the two conditions can very well be there in your husband , possibly schizoaffective disorder preceeding the PTSD , or PTSD converting a previous Schizophrenic diagnosis to schizoaffective diagnosis, because the addition of mood symptoms such as depression and paranoia .
So, to summarize , the two conditions -- PTSD and Schizoaffective disorder can co exist with each other , and possibly be present in your husband , which in turn is probably confusng the diagnosis , so what is required here is that , a psychiatrist needs to diagnose a pure PTSD and rule out schizoaffective disorder , so that your husband can get the suitable compensation .
I hope this helps . If you want to ask other related questions , you are most welcome to ask .
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