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What are negative effects of paranoid schizophrenia?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Paranoid schizophrenia can cause many negative outcomes for people if they are not treated for the illness. Since the disease causes people to have trouble identifying reality, they often are unable to care for themselves and maintain a daily routine. Fear and anxiety associated with paranoid delusions may lead some people to abuse drugs and alcohol, or have suicidal thoughts. At times, people with untreated paranoid schizophrenia may end up homeless, penniless, or in jail. Treatment, especially with antipsychotic medications, may reduce these risks in people with paranoid schizophrenia. The Mayo Clinic reports that long-term medication treatment can reduce symptoms of the illness, and help people with the disease live a healthier and more satisfying life.

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