Does anyone know why it’s so hard to shower?

In August 2013 I moved to the city I live in now. Shortly after I moved here I became very depressed for some unknown reason after being happy my whole life. I had just turned 23 in April that year. I didn’t know what was wrong.

I stopped shaving, showering, putting on deodorant and changing my clothes every day. Later on I developed some delusions and paranoia and got diagnosed with schizophrenia in September 2015.

Ever since I got depressed in August 2013 showering has been very hard for me. I think the longest I went without showering was for about two months last summer and I would’ve kept going without showering but my stepmom told my dad I stunk and he told me so I showered.

I showered on Friday and might not shower again until Monday.

Why is it so hard for schizophrenics to shower?


In my case it’s because I have too many things I need to do in my day and I resent the time showering takes. However, I force myself to do it as am not a fan of being sticky or smelly.

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Honestly I have no idea why I’m so adverse to it


When I’m ill I don’t shower often. Longest was like 1 month.


I think the primary cause of this in most schizophrenics is Avolition.


For whatever reason, it becomes this enormous endeavor. That seems negative but then when I do it I often find that it’s very therapeutic. I enjoy it even


Yeah I think you’re right.

I feel the same way about it. I don’t want to shower but when I do then I feel much better afterwards.

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Personally, I love showering! But a lot of sz have so much avolition that they can’t look after themselves.

It could be the meds decreasing the reward motivation dopamine drug that normal people have or it could be a sz trait.

The depression that is also caused by the lack of dopamine or a terrible life and reality may also be to blame.

Learn to love yourself first and then life will improve because you start to care about yourself.

To learn to love yourself follow AI’s plan:

Self-love is an important aspect of mental health and well-being, and it can be particularly beneficial for individuals with schizophrenia. Here are some strategies that might help:

  1. Self-Care: Engage in regular self-care activities that promote physical health and mental well-being1. This could include maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and taking time each day to relax and do things you enjoy23.
  2. Mindfulness: Practice mindfulness and meditation. These techniques can help manage stress, increase self-awareness, and promote a positive mindset4.
  3. Social Support: Seek out social support from friends, family, or support groups. Connecting with others can provide emotional support and reduce feelings of isolation23.
  4. Therapy: Consider therapy or counseling. Mental health professionals can provide strategies to manage symptoms, cope with the illness, and improve self-esteem5.
  5. Education: Learn about schizophrenia. Understanding the illness can help reduce fear and stigma, and promote a sense of control52.
  6. Positive Affirmations: Practice positive affirmations daily. Remind yourself of your strengths, accomplishments, and worth.
  7. Set Goals: Setting small, achievable goals can help improve self-esteem and provide a sense of purpose2.

Remember, it’s important to reach out to healthcare professionals for personalized advice and treatment options5. Everyone’s journey with schizophrenia is unique, so what works for one person might not work for another. It’s all about finding what works best for you.

Goosd luck…


That’s a good list @labratmat. I’ve been doing some of those things.

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I pretty much shower every few days. I hate having to take my clothes off and getting wet and the whole dang process! But it has gotten much better since I cut all my hair off, cuz I really hated washing my hair and waiting for it to dry.


I never liked showering and bathing.
Since I was little …
It was the swimming that changed me …

But from my sedation due to Clozapine ,just can’t do it often …

And it’s pain in ass to shower in my bathroom,since it’s to small,i don’t have cabin.

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I just straight up hate water.

Any water.

I’m not even a good water drinker and get dehydrated super easy.

Counting glasses of water is the only way I can keep on track.

Showers have been difficult for me, but I’ve found a few things make it much easier.

Having a clean bathroom makes it much more inviting.

Also having nice bath supplies does too.

To force myself into the shower, I wash my PJs and bedsheets.

I know I won’t put my dirty body on them, so it makes me shower.

Getting my hair wet is to this very day super difficult.

Dealing with this as long as I have and using my own advice, I still stand in front of the water for about two minutes, naked, contemplating how horrible the water will be on my hair.

And I have hair to my waist so it takes a few minutes to wash.

Fact is, it has to be done.

Right now I shower every third day.

Showering everyday is bad for your skin.

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I’ve read that before. I want to shower every Monday, Wednesday and Friday but have only managed to shower once or twice a week. Usually on Mondays and Thursdays because I have group on those days so I don’t want to stink.

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The fact that you can force yourself to do it on the days you have to just proves that you can do one more day a week to achieve the shower schedule you’d like.

You can totally make yourself.

Another thing that helps me is putting something on my body I have to wash off.

Not something gross.

Like hair oils that can only be on your scalp for ten minutes or less.

Or aromatherapy oils for your skin that also have to be washed off in about ten minutes.

Those are very motivating.

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Great movie reference.

And I have been known to use a full body mask to force myself in the shower,

So not too far off.


What movie is that from @Bowens?

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I don’t think that specific photo is from a movie. I just pulled a pic from a google search. I think it may have been confused with something else? I could be wrong though.

I traced it to here: and here A Woman Grabs Her Mud-covered Face Photograph by Dawn Kish - Fine Art America

Probably on other pic sites as well.

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Possibly Carrie?