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Does one need to have schizophrenia to be diagnosed with "flat affect"?

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Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Flat affect is not a diagnosis, but an observable sign.
Essentially one can see flat affect in people with severe depression, parkinson's disease, due to the side effects of some medications, etc.

In brief: No

Flat affect is not a diagnosis, but an observable sign.
Essentially one can see flat affect in people with severe depression, parkinson's disease, due to the side effects of some medications, etc.
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Dr. Chris Esguerra
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Dr. Taliba Foster
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

"flat affect" is a term that describes a person's emotion in response to his interactions within his environment.
People who are described as having flat affects appear to be with no emotional expression.

In brief: No

"flat affect" is a term that describes a person's emotion in response to his interactions within his environment.
People who are described as having flat affects appear to be with no emotional expression.
Dr. Taliba Foster
Dr. Taliba Foster
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