Schizophrenia – 10 things you absolutely must know

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5) Treatment is available and fairly effective in many.

Up to 70% of those diagnosed with schizophrenia will respond to medications and up to half of them achieve a complete remission from symptoms. There is, however, a large subset of individuals who do not respond optimally to medication alone. Treatment adherence is one of the most important factors that predict outcomes.

6)Schizophrenia is multifactorial.

A number of factors that include genetics, birth season, events around childbirth, exposure to infectious agents, epilepsy and a number, exposure to stress at a young age, substance use and a number of other factors have been proven to contribute to the development of schizophrenia. In identical twins, a concordance rate of around 50% proves that genetic inheritance is not the only factor that leads to schizophrenia.

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7)Not every person with schizophrenia is violent.

Violence is a label that needs to be stripped of the whole spectrum of mental illnesses. Most people suffering schizophrenia have the exact same potential for violence and aggression as you and me. The risk of violence does exist, however, is better of evaluated with generalizations kept aside.

8)People with schizophrenia can be as productive as you and me.

A number of people diagnosed with schizophrenia, recover adequately enough to study, work, play and love. There professionals, doctors, lawyers and others who have overcome the disorder with the aid of meds and therapy and lead more or less normal lives. The treatment of schizophrenia is thus of utmost importance if one were to give sufferers a chance to live a normal life.

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