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How To Cure Schizophrenia
Unknown: Truly curing schizophrenia will require not just a drug, but whole communities and family supports. In many cases it will require a whole social re-education process once someone is no longer psychotic, to learn to live and interact with others. The medications we have now manage symptoms only, and do not actually "cure." hopefully this can improve with focused research and creative therapies. ...Read more
Mental disorder with positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more
No-But Can Live Well: See: "family of many schizophrenia patients report positive personal growth" http://psych.Ly/10fyyxr via @psychcentral having a strong network of people in your life is a huge factor in how well people diagnosed with schizophrenia are able to manage their symptoms and live well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tx options: Schizophrenia requires life-long treatment with use of atypical antipsychotics as the mainstay. Conventional neuroleptics are another alternative. Psychosocial treatments that go hand in hand with medications include: family therapy, social skills training, vocational rehabilitation & individual therapy. ...Read more
Treatment: Cure-no. Excellent treatment - yes. Many atypical antipsychotic medications address negative schizophrenic symptoms. ...Read more
Manage, not cure: Schizophrenia is a serious, devastating illness for which you will need lifelong management by a Dr. You've already accepted the fact, which is a tremendous plus and a credit to you. I would caution you strongly against looking to mysticism or religion for a cure or expecting any 'magic' to help, but I hope that you find your faith to be a source of community, good moral guidance & strength. ...Read more
Not likely soon, but: Schizophrenia is a tragic lifelong illness that most commonly starts age 16-24, and is the main form of psychosis (disordered thinking). It may be triggered by an environmental event, but it is largely based on one's genetic makeup. Anti-psychotics can rx sx. There is no prevention nor cure. A breakthrough would involve genetic mapping, genetic manipulation, and prevention would be the only cure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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