What Are Symptoms of Schizophrenia?

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The diagnosis is made definitively when an individual develops what is called Psychotic Symptoms. So these are disturbances in thinking and perception largely, and you begin to have false beliefs or ideas, you think things are happening, that aren't happening, you get strange ideas that don't have a bearing in reality, you misperceive things, you think people are talking about you when they're not.

You become very self referential, you walk into a room, and somebody makes a gesture, and you think they're doing it in relation to something you've done or who you are. Hallucinations, you begin to see your hair or smell things when there's no actual environmental stimulus, so these are the cardinal/g signs by which the diagnosis is made.

In addition, a person's thinking often becomes chaotic and disorganized and not coherent and logical and then they're associated symptoms that occur as well another group are called negative symptoms and whereas the Psychotic Symptoms tend to be part of is like over activity of parts of the brain that produce hallucinations or the [UNKNOWN] and thinking the negative symptoms are deficits, so you lose your emotional tone, your emotional vibrancy, you lose the capacity to form relationships, you lose interest in things, so these negative symptoms are very debilitating because they really are the part of the illness that robs the person of their personality of their soul.