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What are cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia may be difficult for other people to notice. For instance, you may not be aware that a person with schizophrenia has trouble understanding what people are saying. He may not be able to process information like others do, leaving him unable to follow directions and make decisions.

Other cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia include distractibility and poor attention span. People with schizophrenia may have trouble remembering things, too. Another cognitive symptom of schizophrenia is the lack of insight into the disease. People often have such an unrealistic understanding of reality that they do not realize they have a problem. These symptoms can make it hard to maintain a job and live independently.
Cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia include problems paying attention, remembering things, and concentrating. The person may get easily distracted. He/she may not be able to read a book or watch a television programme, and may often forget things.

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