Schizophrenia and Its Sequelae

  • Mary V. SeemanEmail author


Background: Schizophrenia is considered to be one of the most serious of mental illnesses in terms of the patient, the patient’s family, and the patient’s community.

Aim: The aim of this chapter is to introduce the reader into the realities of life with schizophrenia.

Method: The literature on schizophrenia is vast and cannot be easily reviewed. Topics relevant to quality of life in schizophrenia were first determined via consultation with clinicians, researchers, and experts by experience. The most pertinent and up-to-date references were then selected and summarized.

Results: Schizophrenia, its risk factors, demographics, life course, sequelae, and treatment all point to many interactive factors that can, and do, undermine both subjective and objective quality of life.

Conclusion: The purpose of researching quality of life issues in schizophrenia is to better understand how best to intervene clinically and how best to help patients with this diagnosis meet their life goals.


Antipsychotic Drug Negative Symptom Assertive Community Treatment Social Defeat Repetitive Thought 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, The Institute of Medical ScienceUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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