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What are the symptoms of residual schizophrenia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

People with residual schizophrenia have short periods where they show positive symptoms of the condition, such as paranoia and hallucinations. These periods are followed by longer times when positive symptoms are gone, while some negative symptoms like withdrawal from socializing, odd beliefs, and poor personal hygiene remain. People with residual schizophrenia, as well as people with other types of this disease, may show negative symptoms before any positive symptoms appear. For example, family and friends may notice that the person does not enjoy the things they used to enjoy and is no longer emotionally expressive. Some negative symptoms of schizophrenia are similar to other illnesses like depression, which is why it is important that a qualified professional such as a psychiatrist diagnoses the illness according to the DSM, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

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