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What are the positive symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Positive symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia include delusions and hallucinations. When people have schizophrenia, they may have positive symptoms, negative symptoms, or both. Negative symptoms include problems with mood, speech, and emotions. The term "negative" means that people with schizophrenia lack a normal range of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. People with paranoid schizophrenia primarily experience positive symptoms. Positive symptoms are the psychotic symptoms associated with schizophrenia. Hallucinations are one psychotic symptom that causes people to hear and see things that are not real. Delusions are positive symptoms that cause people with paranoid schizophrenia to become obsessively worried about troubling thoughts, like being poisoned or spied on.

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