While residual schizophrenia mainly affects the brain, several complications associated with residual schizophrenia may have a greater effect on the body. People with schizophrenia are at greater risk for drug abuse which, depending on the drug taken, creates problems for the body. As well, people with schizophrenia are more likely to smoke cigarettes than people in the general population; smoking has its own health effects. The antipsychotic medications people with schizophrenia take in order to minimize or prevent symptoms of their illness from returning have side effects, including weight gain, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, and two rare but serious disorders called tardive dyskinesia and neuroleptic malignant syndrome. Lastly, people with schizophrenia are more likely than the general population to attempt and commit suicide, so it is important for medical and community caregivers to monitor the person for this possibility.
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Douglas Severance, Family Medicine, answeredIf you have residual schizophrenia, you may no longer have hallucinations or delusions. However, you may suffer from a loss of interest in things around you. Your emotions may be flat with little or no expression. Your speech may ramble, and you may neglect your hygiene. These changes may make it difficult for you to carry on daily activities and keep a job. Talk to your doctor about ways to manage your symptoms.