Davidsmom wrote:Can someone please tell me wh"y some Schizophrenics do not have an interest in their hygiene. My son, diagnosed 14 years ago) has had such a problem with this. He says he bathes, but I can see he's dirty all over. this is very hard to be around. He was homeless for about 2 years, now living in apartment. I can't go in there because it grosses me out--and I'm his mother. Can anyone tell me what's going on? thanks.
I actually have bipolar disorder with psychosis...so not schizophrenia, but I wanted to add this is common for those of us with severe mental illness, namely, mood disorders. (Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective disorder, and including Major Depressive Disorder--so depressed you can't be bothered to brush your teeth.
I don't forget, but I'm disabled now...showers were absolutely needed when I was a practicing lawyer...now I'm at home and skip it or just don't have the energy, sometimes. Or don't feel well enough, feel paranoia. Tons of factors. Mood disorders are serious illnesses- the things regular people take as commonplace can be insurmountable for me, sometimes. Hope that helps.
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