Can Schizophrenia Symptoms Subside?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

hi, i think im suffering from disorganized schizophrenia and would like to know if the symptoms can subside. i.e disorganized thoughts , odd mannerisms, strange behaviours, there feels like there is a void in my head where i cant recognize my strange behaviour or whats going on around me, agitation, blunted affect and mood not being spontaneous. i keep reading that it has a poor prognosis so does this mean not much can be done. any help would be much appreciated

A. With the proper treatment, individuals with schizophrenia can recover from their symptoms. Even low doses of medication can lead to the remission of symptoms.

The prognosis for schizophrenia is largely dependent upon whether an individual is participating in treatment. Individuals with schizophrenia who refuse to participate in treatment typically have a worse prognosis than individuals who are actively participating in treatment.

You have difficulty recognizing your own behavior. In that case, you need to be working with a mental health professional who can monitor your behavior and help you to become more aware of your actions.

Studies have shown that having strong social support is an important component of remission. Social support includes having a network of accessible friends and family. It can serve as a buffer against certain symptoms and stressful life events. The combination of social support and mental health treatment will significantly increase your chances of a positive outcome. Please take care.

Dr. Kristina Randle
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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Aug 2013

APA Reference
Randle, K. (2013). Can Schizophrenia Symptoms Subside?. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 26, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2013/08/21/can-schizophrenia-symptoms-subside/

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