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In this journal article certain symptoms are called "activation" in nature. I have never come across this term prior to coming across this article, so I would like to know quite simply what does it mean.

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The authors use the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) to assess symptoms. One of its cluster scores is activation factor.

Summary: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_and_Negative_Syndrome_Scale

Original publication of the article, which doesn't list activation factors: http://schizophreniabulletin.oxfordjournals.org/content/13/2/261.long

Marketed currently here: http://www.mhs.com/product.aspx?gr=cli&id=overview&prod=panss

None of the sources I saw specified what is meant by activation factor, and many didn't even mention it. It's possible that it's the hyperactivity mentioned in the original publication. Also, it's possible that it's a modified category in the version sold at the last link. Hopefully this is enough information to get you started, if you want to hunt down the details.

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