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The CURESZ Foundation provides educational updates to patients, their families, their healthcare professionals and the general public about schizophrenia and how to successfully cope with it and even recover from it. We offer you the information you need to work with your doctor, avoid or emerge from disability, and to achieve the highest level of functioning and quality of life possible.

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Schizophrenia, a neurobiological brain syndrome, includes possibly hundreds of distinct brain diseases. These diseases are sometimes referred to as “schizophrenia spectrum disorders.” Symptoms vary greatly among different people.

You or someone you care about has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. What’s next?

Letter to New Patients

Carlos A. Larrauri

Carlos A. Larrauri M.S.N., A.R.N.P., F.N.P.-B.C. serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia at 23 years of age. Mr. Larrauri aspires to interface clinical practice, health policy and research, to reduce health inequities for people living with mental illness.
“Schizophrenia Survivors” are people who are thriving despite a past diagnosis of schizophrenia, and want to offer hope to others.”

Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith is a non-fiction author, speaker, peer counselor, and mother. She courageously fights the stigma of mental illness with her name attached to her lived experience. She is celebrating a decade in recovery.
“Schizophrenia Survivors” are people who are thriving despite a past diagnosis of schizophrenia, and want to offer hope to others.”

Lauren Kennedy

Lauren lives with the diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. She is a social worker, and is currently in school to work toward her Masters of Science in Health Policy Research.
“Schizophrenia Survivors” are people who are thriving despite a past diagnosis of schizophrenia, and want to offer hope to others.”

Darrell Herrmann

Darrell’s life didn’t grind to a halt when he was diagnosed. The year after his hospitalization, he went back to college to study computer programming. He finished his degree two years later, and successfully worked as a computer programmer for the next eighteen years.
“Schizophrenia Survivors” are people who are thriving despite a past diagnosis of schizophrenia, and want to offer hope to others.”

Bill MacPhee

The future looked bright for Bill, already living his dream. Five years later, Bill was living a nightmare, pacing a psychiatric ward, trapped in a world of illusions, delusions, paranoia, and depression. Today, he is known as a “schizophrenia recovery expert”.
“Schizophrenia Survivors” are people who are thriving despite a past diagnosis of schizophrenia, and want to offer hope to others.”

In schizophrenia, knowledge of the disease itself is important. Spend time learning about the disease, and ask your psychiatrist and treatment team all the questions you can think of. This article provides an overview of nine important things to know about schizophrenia.

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