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(Medicine) the inability to speak

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Medicine. an inability to speak, especially as the result of a brain lesion.
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Schizophrenia is a chronic, disabling brain disorder characterized by hallucinations, delusions and disordered thinking (often termed positive symptoms), and cognitive deficits, as well as negative symptoms such as apathy, avolition, diminished social drive, poverty of speech or curbing of interest, which are frequent disabling symptoms.
They were identified as such by their high deficit score, which was calculated by subtracting their combined total scores on the widely used Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) for items addressing hostility, guilt, anxiety, and depression, from their combined scores for poverty of speech and blunted affect.
It is characterized by positive and negative symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, poverty of speech, disorganized thought and emotional blunting.

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