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Re: Schizophrenia Question

Posted by Squiggles on September 27, 2001, at 11:10:21

In reply to Re: Schizophrenia Question, posted by Mitch on September 27, 2001, at 10:32:41

> > Why are symptoms of schizophrenia refered to as positive or negative? They all sound pretty bad to me.
> Hi Sal,
> The "positive" symptoms have to do with hallucinations, delusions, disordered thinking, etc. The "negative" symptoms have to do with the *absence* of everyday activity such as social withdrawal, depression as a result of that, etc.
> Mitch

That sounds totally arbitrary imho - much would
depend on the type of hallucinations and the
type of everyday activity; also the hallucinations
may be so horrible that they disrupt any kind
of everyday activity. I tried to register at the
alt.schizophrenia group to see what people
experience in this illness, but I couldn't.

I have been curious about the hallucinations --
are they true hallucinations, or distortions
of something like tinnitus, for example,
interpreted into the person's cognitive set?





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