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Does early diagnosis and treatment keep schizophrenia from getting worse?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Without early intervention and treatment, people with schizophrenia tend to get worse. The National Institutes of Health states that an early diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia might be extremely helpful in reducing some of the most difficult symptoms of the illness. Doctors today use accurate and reliable medical and psychological tests to diagnose schizophrenia, which is beneficial to those suffering with the illness. One day, it may be possible to use quick and easy screening tests to identify those at risk of developing schizophrenia. Until then, the National Alliance of Mental Illness encourages the family members and friends of those with schizophrenia to ensure that those affected get the care they need. If you know someone with symptoms of schizophrenia, encourage him or her to see a health professional or psychiatrist. 

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