Left untreated, catatonic schizophrenia can have severe mental, emotional, and physical implications. On the mental front, the individual might encounter cognitive disruptions such as trouble focusing, memory issues, and problems carrying out everyday tasks. This cognitive impairment can hinder personal, academic, and professional growth, leading to a reduced quality of life.
Emotionally, those affected might grapple with feelings of fear, confusion, and a deep sense of alienation from their environment. This emotional turmoil can breed a profound sense of isolation, leading to deteriorated relationships and diminished self-esteem.
Physically, individuals can exhibit peculiar motor behaviors ranging from catalepsy (an inability or unwillingness to move) to unusual postures or grimaces. Physical health issues such as malnutrition or muscular atrophy could ensue from the neglect of personal care.