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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 135-144

Negative symptoms in schizophrenia

1 Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health, Government Mental Hospital, Amritsar, Punjab, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, Fortis Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Psychiatry and K.S. Mani Centre for Cognitive Neurosciences, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

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Tathagata Mahintamani
Department of Psychiatry, Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health, Government Mental Hospital, Amritsar, Punjab
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DOI: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_30_15

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The negative symptoms have been described in association with schizophrenia since the early days of it being recognized as an entity. However, their elusive nature kept them unacknowledged until there was a revival of interest in them following the development of specific quantifying measures. Over the past three decades, there has been a tremendous surge in research on their types, measurements, status in the present classificatory system, and their implications. The developments in modern investigatory methods have provided the researchers with fresh insights into the underlying mechanisms, and a distributed functioning of the neuronal networks has emerged as the major abnormality. Accordingly, a variety of pharmacological and other treatment modalities have been developed which go beyond the traditional. Nevertheless, a lot remain unanswered. The present paper summarizes important concepts with regard to negative symptoms in schizophrenia.

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