Schizophrenia-Negative symptoms

Schizophrenia-Negative symptoms

The symptoms of schizophrenia are divided into:

  1. Positive
  2. Negative
  3. Disorganization
  4. Motor

Negative Symptoms:

  • Negative symptoms represent loss of normal functions
  • Poor Prognostic Factor and Responds poorly to medications
  • Avolition – Loss of Will to indulge in goal-oriented tasks [ grooming, education, job]
  • Apathy, Anhedonia, Asociality, Alogia [Decrease in verbal communication]
  • Affective Flattening – Inability to understand emotions or to express one’s emotions
  • ↓ Dopamine in Mesocortical pathway [Ventral Segmental area to prefrontal cortex]

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