Left untreated, schizophrenia can result in severe emotional, behavioral and health problems, as well as legal and financial problems that affect every area of life. Complications that schizophrenia may cause or be associated with include:

  • Suicide
  • Any type of self-injury
  • Anxiety and phobias
  • Depression
  • Abuse of alcohol, drugs or prescription medications
  • Poverty
  • Homelessness
  • Family conflicts
  • Inability to work or attend school
  • Social isolation
  • Health problems, including those associated with antipsychotic medications, smoking and poor lifestyle choices
  • Being a victim of aggressive behavior
  • Aggressive behavior, although it's uncommon and typically related to lack of treatment, substance misuse or a history of violence
Jan. 24, 2014