Somebody explain negative symptoms to me

why are people with sz and other psychotic disorders having so much trouble functioning or do normal things like working a job or doing normal things that they did before MI and even on meds and stable and basically free of positive symptoms still have trouble with cognition and functioning and other stuff of negative symptoms i really dont get it, maybe because i have mainly symptoms like hallucinations and messed up intrusive thoughts and stuff but i also dont have motivation to do anything but there is nothing actually stopping me from doing stuff i am mainly just lazy and too anxious to work a job but maybe because i dont have a diagnosis of schizophrenia that is why i just dont really understand the whole negative symptoms part


Yeah I was just thinking about this. I think it’s the depressive aspect of having your mind turn against you.

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Because the mind is always on another page of thinking whether you want it or not or maybe it’s because it’s not getting any reward from life.

Or could be Antipsychotics stop dopamine receptors

In the brain, dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter—a chemical released by neurons (nerve cells) to send signals to other nerve cells. The brain includes several distinct dopamine pathways, one of which plays a major role in reward-motivated behavior.

The reward system is a group of neural structures responsible for incentive salience (i.e., motivation and “wanting”, desire, or craving for a reward), associative learning (primarily positive reinforcement and classical conditioning), and positive emotions, particularly ones which involve pleasure as a core component (e.g., joy, euphoria and ecstasy).[1][6] Reward is the attractive and motivational property of a stimulus that induces appetitive behavior – also known as approach behavior – and consummatory behavior.[1] In its description of a rewarding stimulus (i.e., “a reward”), a review on reward neuroscience noted, “any stimulus, object, event, activity, or situation that has the potential to make us approach and consume it is by definition a reward.”[1] In operant conditioning, rewarding stimuli function as positive reinforcers;[1] however, the converse statement also holds true: positive reinforcers are rewarding.

Idk could just be depression of all the factors of this illness

Really don’t know, it’s a common symptom seen in schiz
I’d say functioning is a whole,
And depends on what you choose to do.

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Well the running theory is that positive symptoms are caused by too much dopamine in one area of the brain, but this ends up somehow leading to a shortage of dopamine in another area of the brain. The area of the brain where the shortage is is involved in things like motivation, feeling excitement and joy, etc…so without dopamine to activate it…yeah…

Negative symptoms=things a healthy person should be capable of and can experience, but someone with sz does not

Negative symptoms are words that begin with “a”. Amotivation, Apathy, Anhedonia, Alogia, Avolititon

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