Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

Frustrations with partner's lack of emotion


#1

Just wanting to vent, look for support from others who face similar situations. My BF with well controlled sz is loving and kind but has difficulty expressing the care and love he feels. He shows it by doing things for me, but has little to offer in the way of conversation or responding to my expressions of emotion. It’s hard for me to remember that his illness is responsible in large part for this and I get resentful towards him and he gets hurt. I want to love him as he is - it’s hard.


#2

It’s common. Sometimes I like to talk and other times not a word. It’s the illness it restricts me


#3

http://schizophrenia.com/diag.php

A short summary of a list of negative symptoms are:
1.lack of emotion - the inability to enjoy regular activities (visiting with friends, etc.) as much as before
2.Low energy - the person tends to sit around and sleep much more than normal
3.lack of interest in life, low motivation
4.Affective flattening - a blank, blunted facial expression or less lively facial movements, flat voice (lack of normal intonations and variance) or physical movements.
5.Alogia (difficulty or inability to speak)
6.Inappropriate social skills or lack of interest or ability to socialize with other people
7.Inability to make friends or keep friends, or not caring to have friends
8.Social isolation - person spends most of the day alone or only with close family

Sorry to say… it sounds like the negative swing is happening.