While researching material on the internet the other day, PsychOdyssey came across an encouraging post from 2006 on the site of the U.S. chapter of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis. Brian Koehler, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at New York University, posted information about long-term recovery prospects for those with schizophrenia that he gleaned from a review of “Beyond dementia praecox: findings from long-term follow-up studies of schizophrenia” by Joseph Calabrese and Patrick Corrigan, published in Recovery in Mental Illness: Broadening Our Understanding of Wellness, edited by Ruth O. Ralph and Patrick W. Corrigan in 2005 for the American Psychological Association. Several long-term studies have now proven that anywhere between 33% and 67% of all those with schizophrenia can have robust and even full recoveries over time. Families of loved ones contending this difficult disease should take heart.
See Koehler’s heartening post here.