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What are the complications of schizophrenia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Like other disorders, schizophrenia can become complicated if sufferers do not take their medication or do not respond well to treatment. When people have schizophrenia, they cannot think clearly. This leads to a host of problems that not only affect the mind and the body but also living situation of the person with schizophrenia. For instance, some complications of schizophrenia include other disorders like alcoholism and depression. Others involve the inability to function in normal society, which may leave a person jobless and homeless. People with schizophrenia may also find themselves involved in violence, whether that is violence toward themselves or toward others. This may lead to jail time, injury, or death.

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