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The trajectory of two negative symptom dimensions in first-episode psychosis and the role of cannabis use: A 10-year follow-up study


To investigate the trajectories of diminished expression and apathy over 10 years. Further, to explore the effects of baseline- and persistent cannabis use on the development of diminished expression and apathy during follow-up, while controlling other potential sources and predictors of secondary negative symptoms.


Both cannabis use at baseline and persistent cannabis use after a first episode of psychosis were associated with more severe symptoms of diminished expression. Our results imply a causal relationship between cannabis use and diminished expression and suggest that measures to reduce cannabis use both before and after psychosis onset may reduce expressive negative symptoms.

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