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Leaving Home, 2nd Edition by Jay Haley

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Epilogue

THE EFFECT OF LONG-TERM OUTCOME STUDIES ON THE THERAPY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA

According to long-term follow-up studies of people diagnosed schizophrenic, one half to two thirds will become normal and be back in the community after a period of years. With evidence that schizophrenia is reversible, professions involved in social control and those doing therapy face new responsibilities. Therapists can approach psychotic symptoms expecting the person to become normal. The goal is to help people past periods of acute disturbance without doing them long-term harm.

No other malady has proven more interesting and exasperating for therapists than schizophrenia. Generally, there has been a pessimism about achieving a positive outcome in therapy with ...

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