1993 issue 4


Volume 2, issue 4

Review article

Assessment of emotional blunting in schizophrenia

Marek Jarema1
1. III Kliniki Psychiatrii IPiN w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1993, 2, 359-364
Keywords: schizophrenia, emotional blunting


Emotional blunting is most often classified, after Bleuler, as a symptom of schizophrenia. However, according to some authors, it is not a typical sign of schizophrenia, since it may be present also in depression. Both the intensity and dynamics (changeability over time) of emotional blunting may be measured, mostly using diagnostic rating scales. It is difficult to decide whether symptoms underlying the diagnosis of emotional blunting are related to this dimension exclusively, since they may be manifestations of a phenomenon due either to emotional blunting, or to an impairment of schizophrenic patients' social functioning.

Address for correspondence:
Doc. Marek Jarema,
III Klinika Psychiatryczna IPiN,
Al. Sobieskiego 1/9, 02-957 Warszawa.