When she came for her intake, she seemed like your average young adult female. By the time she started her first class session she was freakishly unmoving, unspeaking, and seemingly uninterested. When I say unmoving, I mean it was as if she became a part of the chair. Always sitting perfectly straight though, never slouching. Her eyes would choose a point, be it the front, the back, or the desk, and they would never move. Her "creepy" coloured contacts, gave her an even more frightening look. Her answers were all in yes or no form, with the most common one being "no". Being her counselor, it fell to me to confront her.
The first time I tried, I got no where. She gave me some "nos" and then walked out. So then two of us sat her down a different day. At this point, she informed us she had stopped taking her medications after having a "bad" time with them. We let her go without pushing her too hard, as she was honestly scaring both of us. Our supervisor met with her and her father today... we'll see what happens.
The point is though, assumptions are bad. We all assumed she was over medicated and totally missed the fact that she was in fact off her meds. Even though I knew she had a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and I know about negative symptoms, it didn't occur to me till yesterday that what we were seeing were symptoms not med reactions.
Schizophrenia isn't just voices!