Negative Symptoms Of Schizophrenia

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More mental health hospital beds are occupied by people with schizophrenia than any other illness. There are more Americans with schizophrenia than there are residents of North Dakota and Wyoming combined. One percent of the population (3.2 million Americans) will develop schizophrenia in their lifetime. But about three out of a hundred people will experience a psychotic episode at some point in their life. Because Schizophrenia is so widespread it is important that people can recognize and understand its symptoms. The symptoms of Schizophrenia can effect a person’s everyday life because of positive, negative and cognitive symptoms. Every person is different when it comes to the types of early symptoms of schizophrenia. The symptoms can come …show more content…
Negative symptoms are symptoms that take away from a person’s personality. These can be confused with other mental illness symptoms like depression. One negative symptom is a person may become very dull. Their voice becomes monotone. They do not show emotion and their face has no motion in it. Even when they do speak they speak very little and are sometimes forced to even communicate. People with schizophrenia with negative symptoms become very depressed and lose any enjoyment they have for life. They cancel their plans or don’t go through with plans they made. Some people stop taking care of themselves so their hygiene decreases dramatically. People that are surrounded by the person that has the negative symptoms of schizophrenia may think they are just being lazy or not wanting to do anything anymore(“Schizophrenia”). Some of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia are lack of emotional expression, lack of interest or enthusiasm, seeming lack of interest in the world, and speech problems. Lack of emotional expression includes monotone voice, face not showing expressions, no eye contact or restricted facial expressions. Seeming lack of interest in the world includes not wanting to be in social situations. Lastly, speech difficulties and abnormalities include not being about to hold a conversation, monotone voice, and unlikable or random replies to a conversation. There are 3 main negative symptoms which are alogia, avolition and affective flattening. Alogia is a lack of talking or communication. Their replies are very simple and brief. Avolition is when you have a hard time wanting to participate in activities. People with negative symptoms such as avolition have a hard time in school and/or work. (“What causes

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