More than half of young people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia can recover completely. This is shown by new research from the University of Oslo.

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This writes in a news item on their website.

Too much pessimism

They write further:

This shows that there is far too much pessimism associated with this diagnosis. 

This is what the researcher behind the study, Professor Anne-Kari Torgalsb√łen at the Department of Psychology at the University of Oslo, tells the P4 news. She follows young adults with a schizophrenia diagnosis closely over ten years. 

In the case on P4, it appears that the researchers have followed the treatment courses for young people with schizophrenia, and that after the first four years, 55 per cent of the young people were partially or completely healthy. 


The case is also covered by They write:

All participants in the study were recruited from mental health care within five months after they had been admitted to hospital or to outpatient treatment for the first time.

All patients received several forms of treatment that are recommended in the National Professional Guidelines, which have been prepared by the Norwegian Directorate of Health. writes further:

An essential part of the treatment is that the patients receive information about the diagnosis and what they and the family can do to deal with the mental illness.

- This is called psycho-educational treatment, which according to research gives the best results, says the professor.

It is important to convey hope for improvement

When such a large proportion in the study is well-functioning, it shows that it goes much better with young people who get this diagnosis than we previously thought, says Torgalsb√łen to P4.

Now she hopes these results can help therapists meet patients with more hope in treatment. In addition, she believes it will be easier for patients themselves to believe that change and improvement is possible. 


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ove heradstveit

Ove Heradstveit

Psychologist, specialist in clinical community psychology. PhD.
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