Schizophrenia is a severe and chronic mental disorder, with onset routinely occurring in late adolescence. It is associated with the poorest outcomes among all described psychotic conditions, and there is currently no cure. However, effective treatments are available to mitigate some of the psychiatric symptoms, and more recent studies have suggested that outcome in schizophrenia may not be as pessimistic as once thought. For example, we now know from longer-term follow-up studies that about one-third of individuals with schizophrenia can achieve recovery at some point over a 10-year interval.
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