What is the outlook for people with schizoaffective disorder?

There is no cure for schizoaffective disorder, but treatment has been shown to be effective in minimizing the symptoms, and in helping the person cope with the disorder and improve social functioning.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 04/21/2014.


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