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Illness Patterns in Schizophrenia

Illness Patterns in Schizophrenia

Topic Overview

Schizophrenia typically follows a predictable pattern, which usually develops within the first 5 years of illness. Before that, psychotic episodes may be difficult to predict. The pattern of illness often stays the same throughout your lifetime, although it can change.

  • Some people have only one or two psychotic episodes. Others have psychotic episodes throughout their lives.
  • Many people have short relapses. A few have severe symptoms all the time.
  • Some people have relapses only during stressful times in their lives.
  • Some have more psychotic episodes as they grow older. Some have fewer.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Last RevisedAugust 31, 2012

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Last modified on: 2 April 2014


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