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Is there a cure for schizophrenia?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There is no cure for schizophrenia. Current research is investigating genetic and environmental causes of schizophrenia, in the hopes of finding better ways to detect the illness. Other research is focused on improving medication and therapy treatments for people with the disease. Currently, medications offer the most help for schizophrenia. When people with schizophrenia take their medications on a regular basis, their risk of relapse decreases dramatically. Medications reduce the chance of having a relapse from around 75% to 25% each year. Different psychotherapy treatments also offer many benefits.

While there is no cure for the illness, about one-third of people with schizophrenia seeking treatment will be able to live a generally healthy life, holding down a job and maintaining a family. Another one-third will relapse from time to time, and may be disabled to some extent. Only a third of people with schizophrenia will be completely disabled by the disease.

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
There is a great deal researchers have yet to learn. Since no one knows yet what specifically causes schizophrenia or why some people get it and others do not, they have not been able to find a cure. However, the good news is, we do have treatments that work. When people with schizophrenia take their medicine daily, and participate in therapy on a regular basis, they often have great outcomes. Hopefully scientists will one day uncover the cure for this disease, and may others as well.

There is no cure for schizophrenia, and the disease is considered chronic. This means that it is reoccurring, and people who suffer from it will require treatment for the rest of their lives. However, the symptoms of schizophrenia can be treated with a combination of medication and therapy. When the symptoms are under control and the sufferer has undergone life skills training and sessions with a psychiatrist, the schizophrenic person may be able to function in society. In some cases, however, people with the disorder fail to take their medications or respond to treatment and must be institutionalized.

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