Medical News Today: Flat affect: Psychological symptoms and treatment

Medical News Today: Flat affect: Psychological symptoms and treatment

Those with flat affect do not lack emotion, but rather their emotions are thought to be unexpressed. This visual or verbal absent can be caused by conditions that include schizophrenia, , depression, and traumatic brain injury. Emotions to stimuli that are not expressed by people with flat affect include facial, voice and body language changes. Typically, a particular experience or situation will produce an emotional response in someone, such as elation, fear, sadness, or anger. Therapist Deb Smith explains "in those who are experiencing a flat affect, these normal responses are not exhibited. For example, a person without flat affect...

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