Schizophrenia affects every part of the body. Family members will probably be able to notice the disease when the patient is young because the suffer won't be thrive at school or making friends. As an adult, the patient won't be able to have interpersonal relations, go to work, or probably care for himself/herself. The patient may lose the ability to enjoy things they once enjoyed such as visiting with friends. Their lack of interested in things they once enjoyed may be caused by the disease. They may want to stay to themselves or they may want to associate with family members only.
The cognitive affects of Schizophrenia is the patient suffers from slow or
disorganized thinking, poor memory and concentration, and difficulty expressing
thoughts. The patient will not be able to understand what's going on in the
room. The patient will sit around and sleep most of the day; they will seem
uninterested in having motivation to be productive. People may criticize the
patient for being uninterested in having a regular life. Most of the time, the
patient will have a blank look on their face, and their voice will seem flat.
It will appear as though they don't have any feelings, but it may be a case of
not being to express the feelings.
The patient will suffer from delusions or hallucinations that affect the
patient's ability to lead a regular lifestyle. The main hallucination is the
patient will hear voices in their head, and not be able to understand it's
coming from their head. The episodes will build and build before they peak. The
symptoms of the disease can be classified as negative or positive. Sometimes
patients respond to medication, and sometime they don't. Most of the time,
patients with positive symptoms are the ones that will respond to medication.