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Can paranoid schizophrenia be prevented?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Paranoid schizophrenia cannot be prevented, although it can be treated. No one can prevent a disease like schizophrenia because it is a genetic brain disorder. Scientists even believe that the brain undergoes changes very early in life, when a fetus is still in the womb, leading to schizophrenia. One of the best ways to avoid severe problems from a disease like paranoid schizophrenia is to take care of your mental and physical health. When people with paranoid schizophrenia are diagnosed and treated early, they often fare better in the long run. To experience the best outcomes, people with paranoid schizophrenia must commit to medication and therapy treatment for life. When treatment plans are followed and healthy lifestyle decisions are made, people with paranoid schizophrenia are sometimes able to work, go to school, and have satisfying relationships.

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