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Is schizophrenia a disease?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
To understand whether schizophrenia is a disease, it is important to understand the definition of disease. According to the Merriam-Webster Medline Plus Medical Dictionary, disease is present when a person's normal, healthy state changes and that person starts to show signs and symptoms of illness. A disease can be caused by environmental, viral, or genetic factors. The National Alliance on Mental Illness and the National Institute of Mental Health both refer to schizophrenia as a disease. Like many diseases, schizophrenia can be treated, and some people can recover from the illness, maintaining jobs and relationships into late adulthood.

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