frequent moves, escaping, travelling etc

Hi, I’ve read in a number of different places that one of the symptoms of schizophrenia is frequent moves, trips etc. My brother (who is schizophrenic) is socially withdrawn and spends little time with family and yet he will travel long distances to be with a friend for a day and night, before moving on to another friend. When we ask how he enjoyed himself he says he didn’t really.

Can someone shed light on what the frequent travel/moves are about?


There is a family forum that can offer you better support.

But I can try and answer. Perhaps he is dealing with negative symptoms, so life is less than fun. He might be taking these trips for a thrill, but he comes to find out he is not happy on these trips either. Life with schizophrenia can be unpleasant and people try to cope in different ways.

Check out the family forum. @anon9798425

I’d like to encourage you to join our forum for Family and Caregivers that can be found at:

While this is a peer support forum for people with schizophrenia and other closely related psychotic disorders, the Family forum is specifically for people like yourself, who have a loved one they are concerned about.

Also, please let your loved one know about this forum as they may find it helpful.

Best of luck,

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