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What are positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia?

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Dr. Toner Overley
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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