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Does schizophrenia always develop quickly?

Schizophrenia can develop quickly, or it can develop more slowly over time. In general, if a person develops schizophrenia suddenly, the likelihood that their condition will improve is greater than for someone whose schizophrenia developed over years. As well, early treatment can help prevent symptoms of schizophrenia from getting worse. Since some of the symptoms of schizophrenia can include self-isolation and difficulty communicating with others, someone whose schizophrenia has developed over years may not receive treatment for some time.

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Schizophrenia does not always develop quickly. How long it takes to develop varies depending upon the person and the severity of the condition. It usually begins and progresses in stages. Most people do not seek treatment for 12 to 24 months after they have their first psychotic symptoms. Talk to your doctor right away if you have symptoms of schizophrenia.

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