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What Is The Outlook For Individuals With Schizophrenia?
The outlook for people with schizophrenia has improved over the last 25 years. Although the illness cannot be cured, most people go on to lead independent, satisfying lives.
The outcome in schizophrenia varies greatly.
- About 30 percent of individuals are independent, working full time, and raising families.
- About 50 percent of individuals can live relatively independent lives, with varying levels of support, but require continuing medication.
- About 20 percent of individuals will remain highly dependent on caregivers and will required long-term, structured care, sometimes in secure conditions.
Researchers continue to improve even more on medications used to treat schizophrenia. Under development are medications that are designed to target the specific biochemical systems that are believed to be abnormal in people with schizophrenia.