Clinical Characteristics of Schizophrenia

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Delusions
Bizarre beliefs that seem real to the person with schizophrenia, but they are not real. Sometimes these can be paranoid (persecutory) or inflated beliefs about a person's' power (grandeur).
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Affective Flattening
A reduction in the range and intensity of emotional expression, including facial expression, voice tone, eye contact and body language.
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Alogia
Poverty of Speech, characterised by the lessening of speech fluency and productivity. This is thought to reflect slowing or blocked thoughts.
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Experiences of control
The person may believe they are under the control of an alien force that has invaded their mind and/or body.
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Hallucinations
Bizarre, unreal perceptions of the environment that are usually auditory (hearing voices), visual (seeing things), olfactory (smelling things, or tactile (feeling things).
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Avolition
The reduction of the inability to initiate and pesis in goal-directed behaviour, for example, sitting in the house all day and doing nothing. It is often mistaken for apparent disinterest.
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Disordered Thinking
The feeling that thoughts have been inserted or withdrawn from the mind. In some cases the person may believe that their thoughts are being broadcast so that others can hear them. Incoherent or loosely associated speech is used as an indicator.
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A reduction in the range and intensity of emotional expression, including facial expression, voice tone, eye contact and body language.

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Affective Flattening

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Poverty of Speech, characterised by the lessening of speech fluency and productivity. This is thought to reflect slowing or blocked thoughts.

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The person may believe they are under the control of an alien force that has invaded their mind and/or body.

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Bizarre, unreal perceptions of the environment that are usually auditory (hearing voices), visual (seeing things), olfactory (smelling things, or tactile (feeling things).

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