PRIMARY SYMPTOMS By N., Sam M.S. - 11 Also known as fundamental symptoms, primary symptoms are directly tied to a specified disorder. They form the basis of the initial diagnosis. PRIMARY SYMPTOMS: "A primary symptom of near sightedness is the inability to see objects farther away." Related Psychology Terms Dissociative Identity Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Selecting a Diagnosis Developing a Case Study CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY SCHIZOPHRENIA (OTHER TYPES) APRAXIA (literally, “inability to act or do”) MENTAL RETARDATION (PREVENTION, CARE, AND TREATMENT) ARTERIOSCLEROTIC BRAIN DISORDER CEREBRAL CORTEX Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "PRIMARY SYMPTOMS," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/primary-symptoms/ (accessed December 5, 2021).