Thought broadcasting

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In psychiatry, thought broadcasting is the belief that others can hear or are aware of an individual's thoughts.[1]

Thought broadcasting can be a positive symptom of schizophrenia.[2] Thought broadcasting has been suggested as one of the first rank symptoms (Schneider's first-rank symptoms) believed to distinguish schizophrenia from other psychotic disorders.

In mild manifestations, a person with this thought disorder may doubt their perception of thought broadcasting. When thought broadcasting occurs on a regular basis, the disorder can affect behavior and interfere with the person's ability to function in society. According to an individual's personality this is considered to be a severe manifestation of thought broadcasting that is usually indicative of schizophrenia.[3]

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  1. ^ Videbeck, S (2008). Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, 4th ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwers Health, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  2. ^ Andreasen, Nancy C. (1984). "Scale for the assessment of positive symptoms" (PDF). The Movement Disorder Society. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 28, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
  3. ^ Andreasen, Nancy C.; Flaum, Michael (1991). "Schizophrenia: The Characteristic Symptoms" (PDF). Schizophrenia Bulletin. Oxford University Press and the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center. Retrieved 2010-04-10.