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Does schizophrenia get worse over time?

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Schizophrenia can't be cured. But if it's caught early and you get the right treatment, you can manage your symptoms. Antipsychotic medications help stabilize you, and lower the risk of future symptoms. Talk therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy are also helpful tools to help you handle stress better and live well.

SOURCES:

American Journal of Public Health : “Community Violence Perpetration and Victimization Among Adults With Mental Illnesses

American Psychiatric Association: “What is Schizophrenia?”

American Psychological Association: “Recognizing the Signs of Schizophrenia.”

Annals of General Psychiatry : “Suicide risk in schizophrenia: learning from the past to change the future.”

Canadian Psychiatric Association: “Schizophrenia: The Journey to Recovery, A Consumer and Family Guide to Assessment and Treatment.”

HealthyWomen: “Schizophrenia.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Schizophrenia,” “Dissociative Disorders.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Schizophrenia.”

PLOS Medicine : “Schizophrenia and Violence: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on August 27, 2019

SOURCES:

American Journal of Public Health : “Community Violence Perpetration and Victimization Among Adults With Mental Illnesses

American Psychiatric Association: “What is Schizophrenia?”

American Psychological Association: “Recognizing the Signs of Schizophrenia.”

Annals of General Psychiatry : “Suicide risk in schizophrenia: learning from the past to change the future.”

Canadian Psychiatric Association: “Schizophrenia: The Journey to Recovery, A Consumer and Family Guide to Assessment and Treatment.”

HealthyWomen: “Schizophrenia.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Schizophrenia,” “Dissociative Disorders.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Schizophrenia.”

PLOS Medicine : “Schizophrenia and Violence: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on August 27, 2019

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