Schizophrenia: Permanent or Reversible?

Just the other day, I downloaded an article from the Lancet in which the authors claimed that up to 50% of persons with schizophrenia can now show complete and permanent remission. 30-40% can continue to function well in society with medications and group sessions, and the remaining 10-20% require close management.

Permanent remission is a great breakthrough from most previous patient trajectories shown in the literature. Many therapists and physicians believed that once you were diagnosed, you exhibited it thereafter or showed recidivism for only short periods, for the rest of your life. Today that appears to not be the case for about half the patient population. So this is indeed good news!

T. L. Hill, PhD, Medical Sociologist

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