No Cures for Schizophrenia. Recovery From Schizophrenia Possible
When one is diagnosed with schizophrenia, it’s natural to ask, “is schizophrenia curable?”. Some people even offer “cures” for schizophrenia online through pills, diets and other means. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for schizophrenia.
Can Schizophrenia Be Cured?
Schizophrenia is a disease that involves changes in brain structure and brain chemicals. And while we can see many of the differences between a schizophrenic brain and a non-schizophrenic brain, we are a long way from fully understanding the complexities of this illness to the point where schizophrenia can be cured. At this time, the best doctors can do is treat the symptoms of schizophrenia.
Recovery from Schizophrenia
Many people can, however, recover from schizophrenia. In the recovery of schizophrenia, symptoms are manageable and the person is able to live a fairly normal life. People in recovery from schizophrenia have jobs, families, friends and all the other components of a fulfilling life. Additionally, those receiving treatment for schizophrenia find significant improvement in their symptoms and are able to live on their own.
In the recovery of schizophrenia:1
- 25% of people are in recovery within 10 years
- 25% of people are significantly improved and living independently within 10 years
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Cures for Schizophrenia
Cures for schizophrenia, then, can be thought of as the ways in which people with schizophrenia obtain recovery. Recovery from schizophrenia is typically attained through the use of a combination of approaches.
The foundation of recovery from schizophrenia is medication, specifically, antipsychotic medication. This type of medication is known to treat the symptoms of psychosis and other symptoms of schizophrenia. There are many antipsychotics to choose from and a person may need to try more than one to find the antipsychotic medication that works for them.
Once a person is stabilized on medication, the first major step towards recovery from schizophrenia has been achieved. Once stable, various types of therapy for schizophrenia can be added as part of the treatment plan.
By utilizing multiple therapies and medication, recovery from schizophrenia is possible.
Future Cures for Schizophrenia
Researchers are actively working on sequencing the genes that are thought to put a person at high risk of schizophrenia. In the future, treatments that are specific to a person’s genes may be available and more effective than current treatments available today. Moreover, gene therapy may one day be available to fix any malformed genes directly.
- Created: 19 April 2012
- Last Updated: 14 January 2014