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Do all people with schizophrenia have to be institutionalized?

Hollywood tends to portray schizophrenia as a disease that always requires hospitalization. This is not the case. Although many people who have schizophrenia will need to be hospitalized for at least a short period of time when symptoms are out of control, taking medications to curb schizophrenia symptoms can reduce the likelihood of this. People who take their antipsychotic drugs and who attend therapy sessions, as well as lifestyle training can often function in society and hold a job. Around one-third of people with schizophrenia are able to function well in society after treatment, while another one-third are able to function reasonably well but may have periods of relapse. The final one-third are unable to function.

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