Despite the connotation of the word positive, positivesymptoms of schizophrenia include,• Thought disorganization• Delusions• Hallucinations• Paranoiahttp://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/550755_13All of which can cause the sufferer to feel, orappear to others, as though he or she were lost(even in an otherwise familiar setting). Socialinteractions can become overwhelming. Positivesymptoms can cause schizophrenics to withdrawfrom society and isolate themselves.
• AmbivalenceHaving simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings aboutan object or person• AnhedoniaThe inability to experience pleasure in acts which would normallyproduce pleasure.• Affective FlatteningExpressions which appear, inappropriately, to be devoid ofemotion.• Impoverished speechCommunication seems incoherent, sentences jump from onesubject to another, or words or complete thoughts seem to be missing fromsentences.http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/550755_13Definitions taken from http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/hp.aspNegative symptoms can cause the sufferer toappear as though he or she is lacking important
• Anxiety• Agitation• Suicidality• Distractibility• Catatonic or trancelike states• Abstract thinking impairment (does not seem to graspgeneralizations and common concepts)http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/550755_13Mood and Neurocognitive symptoms canhave a great impact on the sufferer’s ability toform and maintain relationships.
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A second chance tomake sense of ascattered realityJames Cook, MD MS (also known as NashBaldwin on Second Life), is the creator of the VirtualHallucinations Project, a space within the Second Lifevirtual reality venue, which allow an individual toexperience a setting or environment with the virtualeyes and ears (examples of possible auditory andvisual hallucinations) of a schizophrenic. The SecondLife building was designed by Doctor Cook based onthe descriptions he was given by two separate patientswith schizophrenia. The project is intended to heightenawareness pertaining to the disease. According toPeter M. Yellowlees, M.B.B.S., M.D. and James N.Cook, M.D., M.S., “A common cause of frustration andalienation for sufferers of schizophrenia is that theirtherapists, family members, and caregivers cannotreally understand their experiences.”http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi