What is the outlook?

What is the outlook?

The outlook for people with schizophrenia has shown some improvements over the last decade. Although no totally effective therapy has yet been devised, it is important to remember that many people with the illness improve enough to lead independent, satisfying lives. As we learn more about the causes and treatments of schizophrenia, we should be able to help more patients achieve successful outcomes. Given the complexity of the illness, the major questions about this disorder – its causes, prevention and treatment – must be addressed through research.

Although progress has been made toward better understanding and treatment of schizophrenia, continued research investment is urgently needed. This is a time of hope for people with schizophrenia and their families. Scientists are using many approaches from the study of molecular genetics to the study of populations to understand more about schizophrenia.

The more research we do now, the sooner we will be able to prevent young people from developing schizophrenia.

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