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Diagnosis: Schizophrenia, Second Edition, second editionA Comprehensive Resource for Consumers, Families, and Helping Professionals$
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Rachel Miller and Susan Mason

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231150415

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231150415.001.0001

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Coping with Positive and Negative Symptoms

Coping with Positive and Negative Symptoms

(p.119) 10 Coping with Positive and Negative Symptoms
Diagnosis: Schizophrenia, Second Edition, second edition

Rachel Miller

Susan E. Mason

Columbia University Press

This chapter contains strategies on coping with the positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia, as discussed in Chapter 4. For positive symptoms, taking medication consistently is the only effective way of dealing with such symptoms. Coping with symptoms before the medications take effect will likely be an issue, so it is best to keep the doctor abreast of further developments as well as maintain a healthy grasp of reality—and if failing the latter, the patinet should, of course, ask for further assistance. With negative symptoms, coping mechanisms are more varied, as they’re geared towards improving the patient’s drive and motivation for simply getting through the day or socializing with others. These will take practice—as far as improving the patient’s conversational skills and the like go—but as with the positive symptoms, things will get easier over time.

Keywords:   positive symptoms, negative symptoms, coping mechanisms, medications, reality, motivation, practice

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