Reduction in the range and intensity of emotional expression, including facial expression, voice tone, eye contact and body language.
Alogia (poverty of speech)
Lessening of speech fluency and productivity, thought to reflect slowing or blocked thoughts; often manifested as short, empty replies to questions.
The reduction, difficulty or inability to initiate and persist in goal-directed behavior. Often mistaken for apparent disinterest.
No longer interested in going out with friends
No longer interested in activities that the person used to show enthusiasm
No longer interested in anything
Sitting in the house for hours or days doing nothing
This one is somewhat new and may not be considered valid.
It is thought disorder, confusion, disorientation and memory problems.
Summary of Negative Symptoms
Lack of emotion
Lack of interest in life
Inappropriate social skills
Inability to make friends
Difficulties in concentration and memory:
Difficulty expressing thoughts
Difficulty integrating thoughts, feelings, behaviors
FYI: Negative Symptoms
Currently there is no treatment that has a consistent impact on negative symptoms.
Types of Schizophrenia
Persons are very suspicious of others and often have grand schemes of persecution at the root of their behavior.
During this phase they may have hallucinations and frequent delusions.
AKA disorganized schizophrenia; characterized by emotionless, incongruous, or silly behavior, intellectual deterioration, frequently beginning insidiously during adolescence.