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What do they call positive and negative symptoms for schizophrenia or any psychotic disorder?
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Schizophrenia
Positive symptoms include delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thoughts/speech.
Negative symptoms are called deficit symptoms, & include poverty of speech, flat/blunted affect, no desire for relationships or pleasure, & lack of motivation. The negative symptom schizophrenia has poor prognosis & poor response to tx.

In brief: Schizophrenia
Positive symptoms include delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thoughts/speech.
Negative symptoms are called deficit symptoms, & include poverty of speech, flat/blunted affect, no desire for relationships or pleasure, & lack of motivation. The negative symptom schizophrenia has poor prognosis & poor response to tx.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Good Question
The positive symptoms refer to things that are happening, such as hallucinations and bizarre thoughts.
The negative symptoms are things that are missing, and these may include poor hygiene, lack of interest in activities, and social isolation.

In brief: Good Question
The positive symptoms refer to things that are happening, such as hallucinations and bizarre thoughts.
The negative symptoms are things that are missing, and these may include poor hygiene, lack of interest in activities, and social isolation.
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