Less talked about schizophrenia symptoms
Most people when they hear schizophrenia think of a person hearing things or seeing things. They also may think of them believing strange things like the government is after them. While hallucinations and delusions is a big part of schizophrenia there are other things people might not be aware of.
Schizophrenia is broken down into positive, negative and cognitive symptoms. Positive symptoms don't mean something good, it means something added to the person with schizophrenia life like hallucinations or delusions.
Negative symptoms are difficult to deal with and arent talked about as often. They include things like lack of motivation, not being interested in things, not taking care of hygiene or important things like paying bills or even eating. These symptoms can look a lot like depression. The negative symptoms I deal with the most is lack of motivation, lack of interest and poor hygiene sometimes.
One way I've found that helps negative symptoms is sticking to a routine even when it is hard to do. I keep reminders on my phone. I wake up and go to bed at the same time each day. I wash my face and brush my teeth and take my medicine. Then I make my bed and eat breakfast and exercise. I get dressed even if I want to just wear the same thing every day.
Cognitive symptoms are difficult too. It is difficult for me to focus for too long on anything. This makes reading and even watching tv difficult. Even writing this is a challenge because it's hard for me to find the right words because sometimes my thoughts feel jumbled and jump around.