Prevalence of Negative Symptoms in Chronic Long Stay Schizophrenic Patients at AL-Rashad Mental Teaching Hospital
Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal,
2011, Volume 10, Issue 3, Pages 414-420
The phenomena of negative symptoms of long stay schizophrenic patients were studied at AL- Rashad Mental Teaching Hospital for three hundred patients one hundred fifty females and hundred fifty males.
To identify the prevalence of negative symptoms in long stay schizophrenic patients, and to study the relationship of negative symptoms with sociodemographic factors.
PATIENTS AND METHODS:
A cross sectional study and semi –structured psychiatric interview based on ICD 10 criteria together with a symptoms check list were used to assess the negative symptoms among our sample, during seven months from first January to first August 2007.
The results revealed that all those patients had negative symptoms ,and the commonest one in male patients was poor self care (83%) , followed by marked apathy(66.7%) ,while in female patients ,the commonest was non verbal communication(80%),followed by blunted affect(74%) .
The negative symptoms were very common in long stay schizophrenic patients. And there is different gender distribution
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