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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)

Mental disorder with positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...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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