Schizophrenia is a chronic illness. The risk of relapse is high. According to the statistics, symptoms of the illness recur within 12 months in 75% of patients. The risk of relapse significantly decreases, if pharmacological treatment is continued in accordance with the physician's recommendations. However, a relapse is possible even when the patient adheres to medication regimen.
The course of psychoses is very different and depends on many factors, the most important of which is whether the patient takes the right medications, in appropriate doses and for an appropriate period. Initially, one should rely entirely on the physician's opinion as regards treatment.
Schizophrenia rarely begins before puberty, while when the adult age is achieved, the incidence of schizophrenia rapidly rises. The condition affects both men and women (in 1.4:1 ratio). The majority of cases are diagnosed in older teenagers or in twenty-year-olds, however, the symptoms of schizophrenia may appear in any age.