Posted by Mitch on September 27, 2001, at 12:55:11
In reply to Re: Schizophrenia Question, posted by Squiggles on September 27, 2001, at 11:10:21
> > > 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?
Sorry, maybe this will make it a little clearer: