What is Schizoaffective Disorder?

Schizoaffective Disorder is considered a serious mental illness which affects only 0.3% of the population globally, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illnesses (NAMI). Compared to the reported 1.5 million people who are diagnosed worldwide per year, the numbers are a bit shifty resulting in .018% of the global population being diagnosed as Schizoaffective. The problem with the diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder is that the symptoms are not conclusive solely to that mental disease but rather to several. If you believe that you or someone you know has been misdiagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder here are some things which you should know.

Why is Schizoaffective Disorder a Two-State Mental Illness?

There are two main symptoms which combined form schizoaffective disorder. The first symptom is that a person has a psychosis that is compromised and they lose touch with reality. This can take the form of paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, or the inability to separate fact from fiction. Typically, schizoaffective disorder is not characterised by the loss of memory, this is a Hollywood myth. The second symptom of schizoaffective disorder is mood shifts and disorders, generally fed by the first symptom and the person’s inability to cope with the delusions, hallucinations, and perceived conspiracies surrounding him or her. Moods can range from depression to mania depending upon the gravity of the illness.

If I Have the Symptoms, Do I Automatically Have Schizoaffective Disorder?

As mental health diagnosis is subjective in many cases, the diagnosis can be improperly given. Such mental illnesses such as Bipolar disorder, Depression, ADHD, as well as Alzheimer’s may actually be the source of the mental distress. If you believe that you or someone you know has been misdiagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, please seek a second professional diagnosis from a doctor, nurse, or medical practitioner qualified to make such assessments. Those which have been diagnosed with a mental disorder should not neglect the treatment or medication of such disorder until cleared by a doctor, nurse, or medical practitioner.

Why Should I File a Compensation Claim for Schizoaffective Disorder Misdiagnosis?

Misdiagnosis of Schizoaffective disorder can result in the loss of wages as well as put an unnecessary strain upon the already fragile psychosis of the individual.

Individuals who have had medications which are not intended to be combined due to the side effect which they can produce (such as hallucinations or depression), and have as a result suffered from schizoaffective disorder symptoms which were then diagnosed as being schizoaffective may have grounds for a claim.

If a dependent or spouse was misdiagnosed with Schizoaffective instead of manic depression which resulted in the person falling into greater depression and committing suicide or attempting suicide as a result of the misdiagnosis, you may have grounds for a claim.

If you were treated for schizoaffective disorder with medications or other neurological treatments intended to alter your state of mind, and have since found that the diagnosis was incorrect, you may have grounds for a claim.

Persons who have had elderly individuals fall into deeper depths of Alzheimer’s due to misdiagnosis may have grounds, especially if the effective individual has had to undergo permeant housing/treatment due to the misdiagnosis.

Anyone who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has not been tested for schizoaffective disorder, who has later suffered from increased depression, mania, hallucinations, and an altered state of mind may have ground for a claim, specifically if that person requested such testing and were denied.

Persons who have suffered legal, or medical confinement due to acts of schizoaffective disorder may have grounds for a claim if the actions of the individual were dominantly a result of misdiagnosis and treatment for another mental illness or if the actions of the individual can be justified as being the mania, hallucinations, and delusions of schizoaffective disorder which were misdiagnosed.

Mental disorder persons who were wrongly treated for schizoaffective disorder and have since developed Schizoaffective disorder as a result of treatment and medications combined with other mental disorders such as bipolar disorder, may have grounds for a claim if the developed schizoaffective disorder could have been avoided if proper diagnosis of the undiagnosed mental illness would have treated such.

What Should I Consider Before Making a Schizoaffective Disorder Compensation Claim?

If you believe that you have grounds for a claim, then you will need to file quickly. Compensation claims are based upon the time from which the event occurred, the damage was done to the victim, and the probability of such a misdiagnosis occurring. Most claims have a specific timeframe in which a person can file.

When filing a claim, the misdiagnosed individual will need to have a copy of the diagnosis from the doctor, nurse, or medical practitioner as well as an authoritative counter diagnosis. Any documentation which supports the misdiagnosis should be presented with the appropriate forms within the proper timeframe.

It is advised that you seek out the professional when filing a schizoaffective disorder misdiagnosis claim in order to minimise the risk of misfiling. A compensation professional should be able to read over the details of your case and present the best option to you for getting the compensation that you deserve.

If you have suffered Schizoaffective Disorder as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.

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