So, when we are thinking about negative and positive symptoms, we're looking at 5 specific
areas where they are going to have their greatest impact. The first is going to be in
perceptions where we see hallucinations and perhaps a self-perception. Hallucinations are
considered positive. The cognitions, the delusions, the belief in a thought despite facts and
evidence that your thought is true, this delusion is also considered a positive symptom.
Behaviors. Well there's threats of violence and I'm going to say it again. In more cases than
not, the threat of violence is not by a person who has a mental illness, but rather towards
the person with a mental illness. The threats of violence that we often see in schizophrenia
is when a person is having a hallucination and thinks they in fact are being attacked. And
when they go to respond to that hallucination, unfortunately there's no one there to the
rest of us and we notice these violent or aggressive kind of behaviors. That is also positive.
Social interactions, having poor social skills, unable to connect with others, not being able to
carry on a conversation. This is a negative symptom. And a flat affect, not being able to
have the range of emotions that would normally come with hearing good news or hearing
bad news. That flat affect is also a negative symptom.