In schizophrenic patients, we may expect them to live occasionally or even most of their time in their world without having need to communicate with the environment.
Social isolation is one of the main characteristics of the disease.
It is often difficult to motivate them for simple activities such as maintaining hygiene habits.
Some patients are not inclined to take medication or report to a psychiatrist. They often feel that they do not need medication.
They are often very stingy in verbal expression, and emotional expression can be the opposite of usual or appropriate.
They may have unusual eating habits.
It is of the utmost importance to recognize the early signs of a recurrent psychotic episode: this is usually characterized by stronger withdrawal, unusual speech, ocurrence or intensification of „voices” or „ images” they have or the expression of strange thoughts.
It can be recognized if someone is listening to voices or has visual hallucinations.
The sleep cycle is often disturbed and is usually the first to be disrupted in relapse of psychotic episode.
Sometimes the person can show the signs of suicidality.
Many individuals with schizophrenia rely on the emotional and practical help of family members to overcome the disorder and to continue their life.