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Intense early intervention for schizophrenia leads to recovery

from St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Schizophrenia — which makes it difficult to distinguish what is real from what is imaginary — is one of the most devastating of mental disorders. Experts say only about 15 percent of people with schizophrenia recover, meaning they are able to work, live on their own and have friends. About 10 percent will die by suicide. The predominant treatment has been chronic disease management. The damage has been done, so doctors just try to manage the symptoms over time. But results from a study published this month show that early and comprehensive intervention can alter the course of the disease. Just as importantly, it shows clinics how to implement and pay for it. more

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