Our expert says:
Actually, Zoe, this is a very complex and technical question. Schizo-affective disorder includes both scizophrenia features and those of an afective disorder ( such as Depression ) --- yet it has for long been considered that someone with schizophrenia might also become depressed.
From your description, it sounds as though the main feature of his illnes may have been paranoia / suspiciousness, and you're not describing notable afecive features. But schizophrenia is a very complicated and variable disorder. In some way's it's like Cancer --- a word that scares all of us, but which includes a wide range of conditions, from some that are so tame and untroublesome that one may have such forms of cancer for decades without major problems ; to some that are so horrible one may be dead in a short time. Similarl, Schizophrenia can include some states which are relatively limited and allow the person to lead a rather normal life, with the proper help, and others which require complex treatments and may leave a person still severely handicapped.
I don't see any paticular reason o suppose that your husband was wrongly diagnosed, but if you have soem doubts, you need to discuss them in more detail with the doctor who made the diagnosis, and especially ask for an opinion about the "prognosis", the medical term for the outlook for the future. If he has achieved stabilization relatively easy, that's fortunate, but entirely possible.
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