Poverty of speech


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Poverty of speech

A negative symptom of schizophrenia, characterized by brief and empty replies to questions. It should not be confused with shyness or reluctance to talk.
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Features such as intact fluency of speech with normal rate and melody, poverty of speech content and paraphasic errors (including neologisms) pointed towards a fluent aphasia such as a Wernicke's aphasia.
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.
These drugs are known to be associated with neurological and psychological problems, including movement disorders, emotional flattening, poverty of speech and abnormal performance in neuropsychological tests.

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