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Is schizoaffective disorder a permanent illness? I have had

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Is schizoaffective disorder a permanent illness? I have had it for about 25 years. I am 49 years of age. I am wondering what my old age will be like.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
Hello
Generally speaking, it is a treatable illness, but not a cureable illness.
This does not mean that people do not get a lot better, but in fact the exact cause is not known in medicine.
Medications and psychotherapy can be used, but there is no known cause that is being corrected.
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Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.
Schizoaffective disorder is a very difficult illness. I am so sorry that you are dealing with this. I would like to provide another opinion
There was a large study in "nature" that revealed that the immune system plays a large role in schizophrenia and associated disorders
So there is ongoing research into searching for treatable targets related to the immune system.
Currently, there are no medicines available that do this but the hope is that within the next 10 years there will be
So my advice is to continue working with a psychiatrist in controlling symptoms.
Go to your local university hospital and see if there are clinical trials you can be enrolled in with any experimental drugs.
Maybe in the next few years there will be!
Good luck to you :)

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