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Cognitive Symptoms of Schizophrenia

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Cognitive symptoms

Cognitive symptoms are subtle and are often detected only when neuropsychological tests are performed. They include the following:

  • poor "executive functioning" (the ability to absorb and interpret information and make decisions based on that information),
  • inability to sustain attention, and
  • problems with "working memory" (the ability to keep recently learned information in mind and use it right away)

Cognitive impairments often interfere with the patient's ability to lead a normal life and earn a living. They can cause great emotional distress.

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Reviewed on July 16, 2006
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