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Can people with schizophrenia lead normal lives?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
People with schizophrenia often have the best outcomes when they are diagnosed and treated as early as possible. If they maintain their treatment with medications and psychosocial treatment, they can sometimes recover from the illness. Still, it can be difficult for people with schizophrenia to live completely independently. Sometimes, with help from a team of mental health professionals, people with schizophrenia can live alone and maintain a career. Adhering to treatment, avoiding drug use, getting enough sleep, and keeping one's stress level low can help people with schizophrenia avoid crises. Family members and friends can assist in recovery by supporting people living with schizophrenia and seeking professional assistance, particularly if a relapse occurs.

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