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Can people with schizophrenia live alone?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Many people with schizophrenia are able to live independently. However, this is not the case for all people with schizophrenia. There are several things that people with schizophrenia should know to overcome the difficulties of their illness and live on their own:
  •  Early diagnosis and treatment leads to better outcomes
  •  Stay on the medication and therapy treatment plans recommended by their doctors and mental  health professionals
  •  Continue long-term group therapy, especially peer to peer therapy, to learn how to manage the   illness and take care of daily responsibilities
  •  Participate in vocational rehabilitation to learn money management and job skills
  •  Develop an understanding of the illness and how to prevent a relapse
Support from friends and family members can be very helpful for people living independently with schizophrenia. In addition, regular visits from mental health and nursing professionals can provide the support and encouragement that is necessary for recovery.

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