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What are cognitive symptoms in schizophrenia?

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Cognitive symptoms refer to how well your brain learns, stores, and uses information.

Someone with schizophrenia might have a hard time with working memory. For example, they may not be able to keep track of different kinds of facts at the same time, like a phone number plus instructions.

In addition to attention problems, schizophrenia can make it hard to organize thoughts and to make decisions.

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Schizophrenia."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

William T. Carpenter, MD, professor of psychiatry and pharmacy, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Baltimore, MD.

National Health Service (UK): "Schizophrenia - Symptoms."

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions about Schizophrenia."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on December 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Schizophrenia."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

William T. Carpenter, MD, professor of psychiatry and pharmacy, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Baltimore, MD.

National Health Service (UK): "Schizophrenia - Symptoms."

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions about Schizophrenia."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on December 20, 2018

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