Alternate Names : Schizophrenic Disorder
What can be done to prevent the condition?
There are no known ways to prevent the condition.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Good care and treatment is essential for people with this condition. They often have problems with all aspects of thought, emotion, and expression. The course varies from one person to the next. People may be unable to work, have relationships, or even take care of themselves. Suicide is a serious danger. Roughly 10% of affected people eventually commit suicide.
What are the risks to others?
Most people with schizophrenia are not violent. They are often withdrawn and want to be left alone. Drug abuse increases the risk of violence in affected people. A person who stops taking prescribed medication may be at a higher risk for violent behavior. When violence does occur, it is most often targeted at family and friends, and most often takes place at home.