Schizophrenia Recovery

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There is currently no cure for schizophrenia, and many people interpret this as meaning that people with schizophrenia have no hope for recovery. Fortunately, this is far from the truth. Contrary to popular belief, people with schizophrenia are not doomed to a life of hospitalizations and continually worsening symptoms--in fact, most people who develop schizophrenia get better rather than worse.

With an illness like schizophrenia, recovery does not mean that you are guaranteed to be symptom-free for the rest of your life. People who recover from schizophrenia usually do so by finding and sticking with a treatment plan that manages their symptoms, provides them with a network of support, and prevents future episodes of psychosis. Today's treatments allow people with schizophrenia to function at a normal level, in a way that lets them lead fulfilling lives that do not need to be defined by their illness.

Recovery from schizophrenia is best thought of as management of a chronic medical condition, similar to a disease like diabetes. While neither disease can be cured, proper treatment can keep them under control and allow for a successful life outside of the illness. Researchers are continuing to work to find both a cure and better treatment options, meaning the outlook for recovery from schizophrenia is only becoming more positive.