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Schizophrenia often develops between the ages of 18 and 35, which are critical years for education or for making career choices.

As a result, many individuals with schizophrenia may not have the training required for skilled work. Psychotherapy and psychosocial interventions aim at supporting people with schizophrenia to overcome psychological, social and occupational obstacles. These treatments may be useful for patients with less severe symptoms or for patients whose psychotic symptoms are under control. The degree to which thinking skills (sometimes referred to as ‘cognitive functions,’ for example, concentration, memory, thoughts, planning skills and problem-solving abilities), are impaired largely affects the chances of returning to education or finding and keeping a job.

With the help of newer antipsychotic medications, symptoms may be managed to a level that will enable a patient with schizophrenia to return to education or employment. There are many people who have accomplished a great deal in spite of their schizophrenia and who have gone on to have happy, fulfilled lives.