What is Schizophrenia?
Symptoms of SchizophreniaPeople suffering from schizophrenia usually have three types of symptoms: positive, negative and cognitive.
- Positive symptoms of schizophrenia represent a perceived increase or addition of abilities. Delusions, hallucinations and disorganized thoughts and behaviors are common positive symptoms of the illness.
- Negative symptoms often look like depression. Negative symptoms are characterized by a loss in ability to express one’s self or to feel normal emotions. Social withdrawal, personal neglect, lack of interest and loss of motivation are common negative symptoms.
- Cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia are problems with attention, memory, and our ability to make decisions, plan and organize. These symptoms may be present from birth. Cognitive symptoms are unfortunately the most debilitating as they prevent an individual from living a healthy and productive life.