Is residual schizophrenia serious?

All types of schizophrenia are serious, but certain types of schizophrenia tend to have better outcomes than others. People with disorganized schizophrenia tend to have the most problems functioning, while people with paranoid schizophrenia are the most likely to be able to function in everyday life. People with residual schizophrenia vary in the severity of their symptoms, but they do have longer periods when most positive schizophrenic symptoms are gone.

Schizophrenia is considered to be a disability. It can lead to repeated hospitalization, homelessness, and sometimes jail terms (e.g., for trespassing). While many people with schizophrenia lead independent lives, others need lifelong support.

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Residual schizophrenia is not considered very serious. It is a mild form of schizophrenia that can last about a year or more after you have a psychotic episode. In general, residual schizophrenia should not disrupt your daily life, and you should be able to recover by taking medications. Your doctor may also prescribe psychotherapy. Talk to your doctor about treatment options for residual schizophrenia.

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