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Do people with schizophrenia have similar symptoms?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
While some people with schizophrenia have similar symptoms, schizophrenia affects people in very different ways. The symptoms of schizophrenia are separated into three groups: positive symptoms (delusions, hallucinations, strange thoughts and behaviors), negative symptoms (lack of emotion, isolation, disinterest), and cognitive symptoms (unable to organize and remember things and complete daily responsibilities).

Some people with schizophrenia only have a few symptoms of the disease, such as a flat affect and social isolation. Others have multiple symptoms that may be severe, including paranoid delusions, auditory and visual hallucinations, and the inability to effectively communicate with others socially. In order to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, a person's symptoms must continue for at least six months and cause a great deal of impairment in the person's life. This means that the symptoms of schizophrenia negatively affect one's schoolwork, job, or relationships.

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