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What are positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia?

What are positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia?

A classification: An attempt to differentiate patients based on predominant symptoms. Positive are delusions and hallucinations and are thought to denote those with a better response to treatment. Negative symptoms include withdrawal, flat affect, poverty of speech, poor hygiene or grooming, low motivation, and anhedonia. These make the patient less accessible to any therapy and are less responsive to medication. ...Read more

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Schizophrenia (Definition)

A chronic mental disorder characterized by loss of touch with reality (psychosis), often with paranoia, delusions, and auditory hallucinations, ...Read more


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What does it that there are positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia?

Definitions: Positive symptoms are additional experiences, such as hallucinations and delusions added to a person's perception of reality. Negative symptoms represent a lack of what should be there, i.e. Motivation, drive, desire for human interaction and conversation. ...Read more

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What are the positive and negatives of marijuana?

What are the positive and negatives of marijuana?

More negatives : If you're dying from an incurable disease can't eat & have lots of nausea, then mj is for you. Otherwise, mj is a disaster. Takes away motivation, reasoning, perception & persistence. Is definitely a "gateway" drug since mj users think its cool to smoke, then they're more willing to use other drugs. If you haven't used, don't. If you have, stop. ...Read more

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How are depression and negative symptoms different?

How are depression and negative symptoms different?

- sxs vs depression.: Negative symptoms occur with schizoprhenia and include social isolation, flattened affect, impaired ability to take care of one's self, etc. Depression is a mood disorder characterized by unhappy mood with impact on things such as sleep, appetite, mood, motivation levels. ...Read more

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I have borderline personality disorder: what are the positive and the negative factors?

I have borderline personality disorder: what are the positive and the negative factors?

Have both: Great question. People with borderline personality (bpd) can suffer tremendously and cause the people around them to suffer as intensely. If that is happening, then the person with bpd really needs to get into treatment. A positive aspect is that the person with (treated) bpd has learned how to endure stress and often has healed from trauma. This resilience makes the person stronger in life. ...Read more

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What are the positive and negative health implications of being underweight?

What are the positive and negative health implications of being underweight?

Number isn't key: A light-framed track-and-field athlete, for whom aerobic fitness is a plus and muscle mass largely a minus, is likely to be "underweight" according to the tables yet in excellent health. A sedentary person who is starving themselves because of an alcohol or drug addiction is in terrible health despite being "slim". It's the person, the big picture, not the numbers. ...Read more

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What are the positive and negative effects.Of.Masturbation everyday?

What are the positive and negative effects.Of.Masturbation everyday?

Your choice, man!: If you have an obsession with erotica that's interfering with your socializing, studying and/or working, your physician can help. The practice teaches you about your mind & body to prepare you for adult life, keeps you comfortable & focused. Downside -- embarrassing to get caught. Think about the girl you'll marry. Talk with some smart grown men, maybe even dad. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of schizophrenia?

Only some: Functional decline, social isolation, personality changes are some of the early symptoms of schizophrenia. However, the lack of these does not rule out the possibility. Accurate diagnosis is only possible in person, evaluation by a psychiatrist is the norm. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What are early symptoms of MS?

What are early symptoms of MS?

Varies among pts: Often loss of vision in one eye (optic neuritis), also loss of leg strength, in coordination or imbalance, and perhaps insidious fatigue and/cognitive issues. ...Read more

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How do you differentiate between the negative symptoms of schizophrenia and depression?

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How do you differentiate between the negative symptoms of schizophrenia and depression?

Onset and sadness: Negative symptoms of schizophrenia have significant overlap with depression, making diagnosis challenging. Differentiating these two requires review of history, in particular, how and when the symptoms started. Negative symptoms are more stable over time. Depression symptoms tend to fluctuate, often independent of other schizophrenia symptoms. Sadness, crying are also suggestive of depression. ...Read more

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What are negative myoclonus and positive myoclonus? And treatments?

What are negative myoclonus and positive myoclonus?  And treatments?

Myoclonus only : The disease state is only the presence of myoclonus and not its absence.Myoclonus which is a sign elicited by the clinician on examining the patients limb is a mark of a central nervous system disease like spinal cord disease. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of schizophrenia?

See below: Disorganized thoughts, hallucinations (especially auditory), illogical or paranoid ideas, social withdrawal, trouble with decision-making, schizophrenia should be diagnosed by a psychiatrist. It's a tough disorder but usually manageable with medications. One of the great hindrances is the reluctance of many schizophrenics to see that they are sick. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of schizophrenia and how are they different from a personality disorder?

What are the signs and symptoms of schizophrenia and how are they different from a personality disorder?

Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia entails six months of symptoms and must significantly impair functioning; symptoms are not due to drugs or another illness.Symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, disorganized speech and behavior, lack of motivation and emotional expression, low energy, poor grooming. Personality disorders are long-term maladaptive patterns of thoughts and behaviors that cause distress. ...Read more

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What kind of eyesymptoms are they with a HIV positive?

What kind of eyesymptoms are they with a HIV positive?

Blindness: The most devastating intra occular disease is caused by CMV (cytomegalovirus). When the immune system significantly fails, to the point where the patient has less than 100 cells mm3, a retinitis may develop leading to permanent blindness. It is classified as re-emergent disease from a dormant viral infection. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms for trichomoniasis in pregnancy?

What are signs and symptoms for trichomoniasis in pregnancy?

Smelly discharge: Women with trichomoniasis often complain about vaginal itching and a smelly discharge. The discharge is often watery and copious. Some will have no symptoms at all and it found during routine testing. ...Read more

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What are the positive and negative affects of ear candling?

What are the positive and negative affects of ear candling?

Burns: Be very careful as there are many instances of burns to the ear as a result of "candling" the ears. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of schizophrenia?

What are symptoms of schizophrenia?

See DSM-IV-TR: You need to meet a group of criteria to be diagnosed with schizophrenia. People will have auditory hallucinations, bizarre delusion, paranoid thoughts, disorganized thought process. The symptoms have to cause a significant disfunction in social or occupational environment. The symptoms have to be present for 6 month or less of adequately treated. Symptoms can not be explained by drugs or medical. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of being bipolar?

What are signs and symptoms of being bipolar?

Bipolar Disorder: is a mood disorder that can present with possible symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state.Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis.When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level, ...Read more

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What are positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia?

A classification: An attempt to differentiate patients based on predominant symptoms. Positive are delusions and hallucinations and are thought to denote those with a better response to treatment. Negative symptoms include withdrawal, flat affect, poverty of speech, poor hygiene or grooming, low motivation, and anhedonia. These make the patient less accessible to any therapy and are less responsive to medication. ...Read more

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What do they call positive and negative symptoms for schizophrenia or any psychotic disorder?

What do they call positive and negative symptoms for schizophrenia or any psychotic disorder?

Both are symptoms: Positive symptoms have to do with things a person doesn't normally experience-like hallucinations and delusions. Negative symptoms have to with things a person normally does, but doesn't do when psychotic or ill from schizophrenia such as getting out of bed and socializing with people. Often, the positive symptoms respond better to treatment than the negative symptoms, which may persist longer. ...Read more

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What does it that there are positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia?

Definitions: Positive symptoms are additional experiences, such as hallucinations and delusions added to a person's perception of reality. Negative symptoms represent a lack of what should be there, i.e. Motivation, drive, desire for human interaction and conversation. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have schizophrenia with no positive symptoms but just negative ones?

Yes.: The many proposed causes of this disease can be modified by many variations in the body. So each person with this disorder can have a number of presentations. For example, an infection may alter genetic action and cause an uneven presentation of clique symptoms. Also many medications drop positive dramatic troubles, but negative ones require more help. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between negative and positive symptoms of schizophrenia?

I want to know what is the difference between negative and positive symptoms of schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia's: Positive symptoms are delusions, hallucinations, & disordered thoughts & speech. Negative symptoms are flat or blunted emotions, poverty of speech, inability to experience pleasure, lack of desire to form relationships, and lack of motivation. ...Read more

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Can a person with schizophrenia have only the "positive" symptoms, without the "negative" ones?

Positive signs for s: Yes. Absolutely. Schizophrenics have an altered state of reality and perception. It is quite possible for them to have the postive symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, and frank psychoses. Typically these symproms respond best to medications. ...Read more

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What is harder for a patient to fix with schizophrenia: positive or negative symptoms?

Positive: Typically it is considered to be easier to treat the positive symptoms of schizophrenia as opposed to the negative symptoms. Positive symptoms tend to respond better to antipsychotic medications. Medications to treat the negative symptoms of schizophrenia are currently lacking or of limited efficacy. ...Read more

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Will antipsychotics for schizophrenia do anything for me if i experience more negative symptoms than positive symptoms?

Will antipsychotics for schizophrenia do anything for me if i experience more negative symptoms than positive symptoms?

Good question!: Discuss with your doc but in general the newer atypical antipsychotics & clozapine are more effective for negative symptoms ...Read more

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I have all the symptoms of schizophrenia with both negative and positive, yet I have not diagnosed with it, my drs don't want to label it, why?

Certainty: A psychiatric label will stay with you for life. It is best that physicians be absolutely certain before making a formal diagnosis. They can still provide all the appropriate treatments even in definitive diagnosis is pending. ...Read more

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Does the public accept the positive symptoms of schizophrenia (voices, delusions) more than the negative symptoms?

Does the public accept the positive symptoms of schizophrenia (voices, delusions) more than the negative symptoms?

Behavioral Impact: Public acceptance of the symptoms of schizophrenia, both the positive and the negative, varies more on the behaviorial influence these symptoms have on the individual than the symptom itself. Command hallucinations may lead to violence while a flat affect may lead to withdrawal and isolation. Historically the public hasn't accepted schizophrenia due to ignorance of this treatable condition. ...Read more

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Can negative symptoms of schizophrenia worsen if left untreated by medication?

Yes: Schizophrenia if left untreated can cause loss of cognitive abilities, negative symptoms of schizophrenia - emotional blunting, cognitive functioning deficits. ...Read more

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Hi doctors. Do negative symptoms of schizophrenia get worse over time?

Hi doctors. Do negative symptoms of schizophrenia get worse over time?

Schizophrenia sx: Schizophrenia requires long-term medical and psycho-social support. Schizophrenia ranges from severe, eg, unable to work, to much higher functioning ability. Compliance with treatment is critical to maintain all gains and avoid relapse. Negative symptoms need monitoring and can be complicated by depression, drugs, meds, other medical factors. Have a psychiatrist assess symptoms if concerned. See:http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Schizophrenia ...Read more

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How do you differentiate between the negative symptoms of schizophrenia and depression?

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Onset and sadness: Negative symptoms of schizophrenia have significant overlap with depression, making diagnosis challenging. Differentiating these two requires review of history, in particular, how and when the symptoms started. Negative symptoms are more stable over time. Depression symptoms tend to fluctuate, often independent of other schizophrenia symptoms. Sadness, crying are also suggestive of depression. ...Read more

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Cognitive impairment and negative symptoms of schizophrenia, what to do?

Cognitive impairment and negative symptoms of schizophrenia, what to do?

Work w/psychiatrist: You need to work with your psychiatrist on this one. Sometimes these symptoms are more difficult to manage than more blatant ones like hallucinations and delusions, but options are available. If the problem is related to depressive symptoms, some medication changes or additions may help. Please tell your psychiatrist about this, and allow him/her to help you. ...Read more

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Do antipsychotics increase the negative symptoms of schizophrenia (like apathy and social withdrawal)?

Do antipsychotics increase the negative symptoms of schizophrenia (like apathy and social withdrawal)?

No: They don't increase negative symptoms. Unfortunately, they often don't do enough to decrease them either. The negative symptoms are part of the illness itself, not a medication side effect. After the antipsychotics control the positive symptoms, which they do a better job of treating, the negative symptoms are more easily noticed, but they are an inherent and impairing part of the illness. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have schizophrenia without the 'positive' symptoms?

Diagnosis: No you need atleast one or two positive symptoms to meet criteria of schizophrenia along with other criteria atleast for 6 months this is not meant to be medical or psychiatric advice. There is no doctor patient relationship.Please call 911 or go to nearest er for psychiatric or medical emergency such si/hi/emotion crisis. ...Read more

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Could there be a cure for the negative symptoms in schizophrenia?

Treatment: Cure-no. Excellent treatment - yes. Many atypical antipsychotic medications address negative schizophrenic symptoms. ...Read more

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Can antipsychotics elevate negative symptoms in schizophrenia?

Maybe: Sometimes, antipsychotics, especially the older ones, can cause parkinson's - like side effect. This causes the person to have a "flat" or emotionless appearance to the face. The antipsychotics all also cause sleepiness and a low energy. This may imitate the lack of drive that is also a common negative symptom. ...Read more

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Do antipsychotics increase negative symptoms in schizophrenia?

Older antipsychotics: Did not so much increase negative symptoms as simply didn't effectively treat them. The newer antipsychotics can help with both positive and negative symptoms. ...Read more

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