I am wondering about how reduced executive function plays a role in the lives of people with schizophrenia. I recently read that the wisconsin card sorting test is a sort of diagnostic tool that could potentially used to measure an impairment in executive functioning, but I am wondering more about how it plays a role in people’s day to day lives, like if there are some notable examples of it in your life.
I am diagnosed with OCD but I feel like for me (this does have to do with executive function bear with me), some of my repetitious activities or thoughts are not caused because of an obsession, but merely because its that its much more easy for me to think about something (that is in turn seen as an obsession). For example, if given the choice between activity 1 and 2, and 1 requires much more planning than 2 then doing activity 2 is much easier then I will of course pick activity 2, and repeat it. For example, surfing the internet, playing video games are examples of these things. I feel like I have always had issues planning ahead, dealing with the day to day, to the point where I will go for the “easy fix” or just take the easy route. Not that I haven’t accomplished anything, but I would be muuch more productive if I didn’t feel this way.
So I guess to clarify my question. Does anyone here with schizophrenia avoid activities that require a lot of “executive functioning” or at least find them more difficult and more stressful to accomplish?