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Schizophrenia

Can people recover from schizophrenia?

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  • ADouglas Severance, MD, Family Medicine, answered
    While there is no cure for schizophrenia, the National Institute on Mental Illness reports that most individuals can recover from the illness. This means that people can learn to manage their illness and cope with their symptoms, as long as they follow their treatment plans. Like many diseases, early diagnosis and intervention is key to living a satisfying life with schizophrenia.

    In order to succeed, people must have access to quality mental health care, and they must be responsible for their treatment. Peer support groups are also shown to be beneficial for those in recovery. Still, people living with schizophrenia may need frequent guidance from mental health professionals and other social workers who can help them maintain responsibilities like money management and other daily life tasks. Unfortunately, even with treatment, many people with schizophrenia are unable to manage daily life responsibilities and functioning.
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