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What is the prognosis for veterans with psychosis?

The prognosis for veterans with psychosis varies. Psychosis is one of the most disabling and serious mental disorders. Only about 20% of people with schizophrenia, for example, will return to fully normal functionality. For the majority of patients, after the first psychotic episode, there is a pattern of remission and reactivation of psychotic symptoms for the remainder of their lives. In severe cases, psychosis sufferers are unable to reintegrate into society, and about 10% commit suicide within ten years of their initial diagnosis. The following conditions point to a more positive prognosis: being in a good state of mental health before the onset of psychosis, developing the disorder later in life (as opposed to the teens or twenties), being female, and treatment with antipsychotic medications.

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