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How debilitating is schizophrenia?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: It depends
Schizophrenia is a chronic disorder for which there is no cure.
However, the newer medications have significantly improved the functioning of those with this diagnosis. It is therefore important to get started on and stay on the right medication.

In brief: It depends
Schizophrenia is a chronic disorder for which there is no cure.
However, the newer medications have significantly improved the functioning of those with this diagnosis. It is therefore important to get started on and stay on the right medication.
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
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Dr. Glen Elliott
The level of debilitation can range from mild to none to extreme. Typically, it is somewhere in between and can take various forms. Medicatoins are best with so-called positive symptoms like hallucinations; lasting impairment often is a result of negative symptoms like lack of motivation and social withdrawal, which medicines help less.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Schizophrenia
It can be managed with medication and therapy.
Tragically, at its worst, imagine the worst nightmare you've ever had, and not being able to turn it off. Imagine having little to no access to competent care. The terror of schizophrenia cannot be overstated for those who suffer from it unchecked. How bad can it get? It can result in repeated violence and suicide.

In brief: Schizophrenia
It can be managed with medication and therapy.
Tragically, at its worst, imagine the worst nightmare you've ever had, and not being able to turn it off. Imagine having little to no access to competent care. The terror of schizophrenia cannot be overstated for those who suffer from it unchecked. How bad can it get? It can result in repeated violence and suicide.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Varies
Most patients with schizophrenia if adequately managed with medication and therapy and with good social support system can lead a relatively normal life.
However stress, sleep deprivation, substance abuse, treatment non compliance are some factors that negatively affect outcome. Patients with the disorganized type of schizophrenia also seem to suffer more debilitation than the rest.

In brief: Varies
Most patients with schizophrenia if adequately managed with medication and therapy and with good social support system can lead a relatively normal life.
However stress, sleep deprivation, substance abuse, treatment non compliance are some factors that negatively affect outcome. Patients with the disorganized type of schizophrenia also seem to suffer more debilitation than the rest.
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
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