Schizophrenia is a treatable brain illness ranging from mild to severe. It is very diverse in its causes, symptom severity and outcome similar to the diversity among different types of Parkinson’s Disease or cancer. Persons with schizophrenia may have some similar features, but also different experiences.
For persons with schizophrenia, understanding and learning about the illness itself is vital. Therefore, consider investing some time learning about the biology and clinical aspects of the disease, and ask your psychiatrist and treatment team all the questions you can think of.
Over the past 50 years, the medical care of schizophrenia has shifted from an inpatient institutional setting to community-based care, except when a psychotic relapse occurs when hospitalization is necessary. Today, many, but not all, people with schizophrenia, can achieve significant improvement in their illness and can return to vocational and social functioning, especially with the help of injectable antipsychotic medications, which protect against relapse better than pills. Sometimes, other medications like antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications may also be needed.
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