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What are negative symptoms in schizophrenia?

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A “negative” symptom means something that stops happening. Someone with schizophrenia may lose interest in some things or not be able to do them anymore. These signs can be hard to spot, especially in teens, because even healthy teens can have big emotional swings between highs and lows.

A person with schizophrenia also may stop bathing or taking care of themselves. Or they have trouble staying on schedule or finishing what they start. Sometimes they can't get started at all.

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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