How does impaired cognition affect patients with schizophrenia?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that probably comprises multiple etiologies. The hallmark symptom of schizophrenia is psychosis, such as experiencing auditory hallucinations (voices) and delusions (fixed false beliefs). Impaired cognition or a disturbance in information processing is an underappreciated symptom that interferes with day-to-day life. People with schizophrenia have lower rates of employment, marriage, and independent living compared with other people.


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