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Schizophrenia

What happens if people with disorganized schizophrenia are not treated?

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  • AMark Morocco, Emergency Medicine, answered
    Disorganized schizophrenia can lead to serious problems and total disability, if untreated. People with disorganized schizophrenia often experience a host of medical and health problems, caused by their inability to take care of their basic needs each day. They are more likely to smoke, drink, and abuse drugs than most people, making existing health problems worse. Another critical issue for people with disorganized schizophrenia is that they have an increased risk of suicidal behaviors. People with schizophrenia are 10 times more likely to commit suicide than the average person. With proper treatment, this rate may be lowered. Other problems that individuals with disorganized schizophrenia face include financial troubles, problems with the law, and relationship difficulties. This illness makes it very hard to follow through on responsibilities, and many people with untreated disorganized schizophrenia are unable to hold jobs or attend school.
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