Syndromes of chronic schizophrenia

  • Liddle P
  • Barnes T
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Abstract

57 patients (aged 34-80 yrs) satisfying Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) criteria for schizophrenia were assessed using the Scale for the Assessment of Negative Symptoms and the Manchester Scale (M. Krawiecka et al; see record 1978-02355-001). Data confirmed an earlier finding by P. F. Liddle (see record 1988-32865-001) that the symptoms of patients with chronic schizophrenia segregate into 3 syndromes: psychomotor poverty (poverty of speech, flatness of affect, decreased spontaneous movement); disorganization (disorders of the form of thought, inappropriate affect); and reality distortion (delusions and hallucinations). It is likely that the syndromes reflect 3 distinguishable components of the schizophrenic disease process. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA )

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  • P. F. Liddle

  • T. R.E. Barnes

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