The Prognosis of Schizophrenia Not Good When 10% Commit Suicide

When discussing the prognosis of schizophrenia and similarly, other mental illnesses, although there are various factors that need to be taken into consideration, it refers to the probable outcome of the disease with respect to the patient suffering from it.

The first factor to be considered is the duration of the disease in terms of how long the schizophrenic has suffered from schizophrenia, and the anticipated time that they will continue to suffer from it. Currently, only one person in every five manages to make a full recovery, therefore generally the prognosis of schizophrenia in this respect is not particularly good.

It is important when making a prognosis of schizophrenia, to note the environment and conditions to which a patient is subjected on a daily basis. Any chances of complications due to increased stress, lack of understanding, lack of care or support, financial issues, and medical/medication issues, to name but a few, will affect the prognosis of schizophrenia in that particular patient.

In addition to environment factors, probable outcomes as well as recovery prospects will be dictated by the schizophrenic's personality/ character as well. For example, if a person suffering from schizophrenia needs to take medication on a regular basis, which he or she does not like to do due to the unpleasant side effects that result, then he or she may simply not take it. Without the necessary medication, there would be an increase in the frequency of episodes/crises and the chances of a full recovery would be diminished significantly.

Once determined whether or not a full recovery period is possible, then a prognosis for schizophrenia can include a timeline. In many cases, schizophrenics can continue with a relatively "normal" life, providing they continue medication, and learn to "cope" with some of the aspects of the illness. For example, voices heard in the head can be ignored with practice, as can the notion of interference by others' thoughts, both of which positively affect the prognosis of schizophrenia in a patient.

Sadly, when the prognosis of schizophrenia refers to survival rates, it is not good. One in every ten schizophrenic sufferers will commit suicide or try to. Usually it is at a culminating point of depression and belittlement, and it is assumed in many cases, at the instruction of voices heard within the head.

Alternatively, it could simply be a reaction to the difficulty of living life in this manner. Many blog posts have been written on online forums, by people affected with the illness, explaining that schizophrenia is a disease which leaves sufferers confused a lot of the time, in addition to feeling lowly and worthless. Particularly in the case of bipolar sufferers, it can be exhausting to ride the emotional rollercoaster, flitting between unnatural highs and devastating lows. Unfortunately such highs and lows contribute negatively toward any prognosis of schizophrenia made.

Other probable outcomes consist of leading a life aided by carers, or in a facility where carers are on hand, or alternatively, being cared for by a permanent member of staff or family member. With careful monitoring, the prognosis of schizophrenia recovery in even the most stubborn of patients, can be good.

Signs of Schizophrenia Tip #1

Schizophrenia is not the same thing as having multiple personality disorder. In multiple personality disorder a person has a number of independent identities that all share one host body. Typically one of the personalities is dominant and the others exist under the surface. With Schizophrenia, there could be independent personalities but the person suffering from the disease believes that these identities exist outside of him or herself.

Signs of Schizophrenia Tip #2

There are different types of schizophrenia. The most widely known is that of paranoid schizophrenia in which the schizophrenic believes that there are people who are out to "get" him (or her). Commonly the patient associates himself with an elite group and believes that it is his membership with that group that has made him a target of others.

Signs of Schizophrenia Tip #3

Schizophrenia is normally treated with anti-psychotic drugs. There are new drugs being developed all the time. Other treatments include Electro Convulsive Therapy in which the patient is driven to convulsions by receiving a series of shocks to the brain. This treatment is thought to fix the electrochemical balance of the brain.

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