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Schizoaffective Disorder is basically an individual that suffers from the positive symptoms of Schizophrenia (e.g. hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thought process and speech) along with a mood disorder (e.g. depression and bipolar disorder) at the same time.
Latuda is a very effective antipsychotic medication that helps to suppress excess dopamine, serotonin, epinephrine, and norepinephrine receptors in the brain as these excesses neurotransmitters are the cause for her symptoms associated with this disorder. Most theories on schizophrenia is that it is mainly caused by an excess amount of certain neurotransmitters, most prominently dopamine.
Hi Dr, I know those symptoms for schizophrenia, but they are no longer there with my daughter. She has improved with better logic, cognition, follow thru, and no hallucinations, etc. I believe the drug Latuda
helped and her efforts. She went back to school and graduated with A's and is now trying to find work.
That is good, it sounds the Latuda was very effective and beneficial for her
This doctor helped with this new med but now wants to trfs her to group outpatient and the charge is
$5000 co=pay and terms, etc. She can,t afford this and checked out that it is group and she wants a
doctor to discuss - this doctor only gives medicine, never has discussions with her. She has been
seeing clinical social worker who just discovered possible answers with her on these internal feelings and she wants to work with her, I agree. My daughter is very upset now with this doctor and wants to
to go to another psychiatrist and we will start looking on this Monday. She has made tremendous
progress but needs this medicine which is very expensive. She went back to school and finished with A
for CNA school. I have nursing background and see big improvments, more cognitive, trys to be social
Well many psychiatrists in the United States do not provide therapy as much as they used to, so now many patients are seeking psychological counseling from a therapist, psychologist, or a social worker and then also seeing a psychiatrist for their medication management
in her classroom she had fun. I saw how very sick she was many, many years ago. I guess I just
wanted to hear another opinion. Yes, that is her situation now in this office. She must have her medication- she really likes the clinical social worker and vice versa. I suggested to my daughter
We can explore other psychiatrists or request this doctor to continue giving meds and her seeing
social worker at least for 6 months or whatever time within that timeframe. She feels hurt when the
this doctor said "you need a lot of psychiatrists and go to group therapy:-She said "I can't go into
group, this is personal, and I think the social worker can help, I agree, at least try to see results before
the long search for new psychiatrist without a long waiting list. She needs to get back to work. Thank you for helping, DrZ. Is there any that specialize in this treatment in CT?
It depends on what city and state you live in, but I am sure that there are a number of psychiatrists that can help your daughter. Typically group therapy is not very successful in treating someone with schiozaffective disorder when compared to individual therapy. Here is a hotline for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) that can help your daughter with a good referral for a better psychiatrist. I can also look online for you, but the NAMI hotline has more resources than I do.
Alleluia Dr.Z, I felt exactly that also, and so does my daughter, that group would not help her and
she doesn,t want to be there. Now, I can explain to her your expertise will help feel better about
a new search which she wants to do, she is disappointed now in this doctor"s attitude. I feel she has
tremendous insight, far better than years and years, she has improved and her clinical counselor also agreed. This disorder is a mixed bag of emotions, etc but my girl has developed more insight and
maturity, I always say to her, you have come far and look at your accomplishments. Thank you again, its not easy trying to explain. You most definitely have helped identify my and my daughter;s concern
on a correct path for individual therapy. I'll say a prayer for you and look up the nami site.
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