Clinical Characteristics

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The clinical characteristics of Schizophrenia

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Positive Symptoms Symptoms that appear to reflect an excess or distortion of normal functions
Delusions Bizarre beliefs that seem real to a person with S, but they are not real. Sometimes these delusions can be paranoid in nature. Delusions may also involve inflated beliefs about the person's power or importance
Experiences of Control The person may believe they are under the control of an alien force that has invaded their mind and/or body
Hallucinations Bizarre, unreal perceptions of the environment that are usually auditory but may also be visual, olfactory (smelling things that are not there) or tactile (feeling things that are not there)
Disordered Thinking The feeling that thoughts have been inserted or withdrawn from the mind. In some cases the person may believe their thoughts are being broadcast so others can hear them. Tangential, incoherent or loosely associated speech is used as an indicator of thought disorder.
Negative Symptoms Symptoms that appear to reflect a diminution or loss of normal functions, often persistent during periods of low or absent positive symptoms.
Affective Flattening A reduction in the range and intensity of emotional expression including facial expression, voice tone, eye contact and body language.
Alogia The poverty of speech. Characterised by the lessening of speech fluency and productivity. This is thought to reflect slowing or blocked thoughts.
Avolition The reduction of, or inability, to initiate and persist in goal directed behaviour. It is often mistaken for apparent disinterest.
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