ideas of reference


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ideas of reference

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(Psychiatry) a schizophrenic symptom in which the patient thinks that things completely disconnected from him are influencing him or conveying messages to him
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We also found that ideas of reference were more frequent than ideas of persecution in the non-clinical group, but not in the clinical group.
ESQUIZO-Q-A comprises a total of 23 statements with a Likert-type response format in 5 categories (from 1 "totally disagree" to 5 "totally agree") distributed across 3 subscales derived empirically: Reality Distortion (Magical Thinking, Unusual Perceptual Experiences and Paranoid Ideation), Anhedonia (Physical Anhedonia and Social Anhedonia) and Interpersonal Disorganization (Odd Thinking and Speech, Ideas of Reference, Odd Behavior, Lack of Close Friends and Excessive Social Anxiety).
result in positive symptoms, such as ideas of reference or paranoid delusions, when the individual with schizophrenia misperceives ordinary social cues as "threats.