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Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders

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How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Psychotic Disorder?

Each person being treated for a psychotic disorder may respond to therapy differently. Some will show improvement quickly. For others, it may take weeks or months to get symptom relief.

Some people may need to continue treatment for an extended period of time, and some, such as those who have suffered several severe episodes, may need to take medication indefinitely. In these cases, the medication usually is given in as low a dose as possible to control side effects.

What Is the Outlook for People With Psychotic Disorders?

The outlook varies depending on the type of psychotic disorder and the individual. However, these disorders are treatable and most people will have a good recovery with treatment and close follow-up care.

Can Psychotic Disorders Be Prevented?

In general, there is no known way to prevent most psychotic disorders, but many of the related symptoms can be prevented with early detection and treatment. Seeking help as soon as symptoms appear can help decrease the disruption to the person's life, family, and friendships. Avoiding drugs and alcohol can prevent psychotic disorders associated with these substances.

 

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 13, 2014
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