Schizophrenia, Functional Outcomes in
Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Harvey, P. 2010. Schizophrenia, Functional Outcomes in. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
The classic symptoms of schizophrenia, such as delusions, hallucinations, and elements of disorganized behavior (e.g., communication abnormalities and bizarre behavior), are striking in their presentation. However, the most common symptom of schizophrenia is disability in everyday functioning: impairments in social, living, and vocational outcomes. The striking clinical signs of schizophrenia are episodic in nature and can come and go even in the absence of treatment, as demonstrated by the fact that up to a third of people with schizophrenia demonstrated remission of these symptoms even prior to the development of antipsychotic medications. In contrast, disability in schizophrenia develops early in the illness and is persistent, even during periods when the symptoms just described are absent because of treatment or spontaneous remission.