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Can undifferentiated schizophrenia be prevented?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
In general, undifferentiated schizophrenia is caused by family history and environmental factors. You can help prevent the environmental factors by not abusing alcohol or using illegal drugs, avoiding toxic relationships and situations, and keeping stress at bay. If you become depressed, get treatment as soon as possible. Talk to your doctor about other ways to help prevent undifferentiated schizophrenia.

There is no way to prevent undifferentiated schizophrenia. However, people with undifferentiated schizophrenia can maintain better functioning through continuing to take their prescribed medication; receiving support from family, friends, and the wider community; going to therapy and life skill sessions; and going to regular medical appointments. Medication, therapy, and support all aim to prevent acute episodes of schizophrenia, which are the times when the person experiences the most symptoms and has the greatest difficulty functioning.

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