World Schizophrenia Day falls on 24 May. Schizophrenia is a devastating brain disorder affecting about 1% of the population worldwide. With typical onset in late adolescence
and early adulthood, it is for most patients a chronic relapsing psychotic illness, with persisting cognitive deficits that impair return to premorbid social and occupational function. Medications effectively reduce psychotic symptoms like hallucinations and delusions. However, they do not impact cognitive deficits and negative symptoms. So, antipsychotic medications have not led to further improvements in functional outcomes.
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