What Are Schizophrenia Negative and Positive Symptoms?

Q:
What are schizophrenia negative and positive symptoms?

A:
First, you must understand the description “positive” and “negative” doesn’t mean that it is “good” or “bad”. In fact, doctors use the expression to refer to the symptoms that “emerge” and “disappear”.

As we said, positive symptoms are when something is added to a person’s experience that is not normally experienced by other people. The following are some common positive symptoms.

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Confused thoughts and speech
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Different movements

In comparison, negative symptoms refer to a decrease or absence of normal function. Negative symptoms may be present years before positive symptoms in schizophrenia occur.

  • Emotionless
  • Reduced ability to plan and follow-through with activities
  • Neglect of personal hygiene
  • Social withdrawal, decrease in talkativeness
  • Loss of motivations

These symptoms can occur anytime and at any place. They changes how you think, feel, and act. Remember, early treatment can increase the chance of returning to a normal life.

 

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