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Positive vs. Negative vs. Sheriff

I often talk about the “positive symptoms” of schizophrenia on this blog, even if you don’t yet know what that term means.  The Positive symptoms of schizophrenia include hallucinations, paranoia, and delusions.  Symptoms I have experienced since I was 17 years old.  These symptoms are called “positive” not because they are good but because they are an addition to the thoughts/experiences of  the neurotypical.

“Negative symptoms” are symptoms such as the inability to display emotion through facial expressions or body language (flat affect), difficulty or inability to initiate goal directed behavior (avolition), lack of motivation, lack of interest in activities that used to be of interest, and more.  These are called “negative” symptoms not because they are bad but because they are behaviors that are missing from the behaviors that the neurotypical display.

I give you this information because I was inspired by my team leader to recall times when I did have a lot of negative symptoms, and, additionally, how my recovery has made such symptoms nearly disappear. more…