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Living with schizophrenia

Getting a diagnosis of schizophrenia is devastating. You may be struggling to think clearly, manage your emotions, relate to other people, or even function normally. Having schizophrenia doesn't mean, however, you can't live a full and meaningful life. Recovery is possible. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent complications and improve your outlook, so if you suspect schizophrenia, see a doctor right away. With proper treatment, self-help, and support, many people are able to manage their symptoms, live and work independently, build satisfying relationships, and enjoy a rewarding life.

Encouraging facts

  • Schizophrenia is treatable. Currently, there is no cure for schizophrenia, but the illness can be successfully treated and managed. The key is to have a strong support system in place and get the right treatment and self-help for your needs.
  • You can enjoy a fulfilling, meaningful life. With the right treatment, most people with schizophrenia are able to have satisfying relationships, work or pursue other meaningful activities, be part of the community, and enjoy life.
  • Just because you have schizophrenia doesn’t mean you’ll have to be hospitalised. If you’re getting the right treatment and sticking to it, you are much less likely to experience a crisis situation that requires hospitalisation.
  • Most people with schizophrenia improve. Many people with schizophrenia regain normal functioning and even become symptom-free.