Our expert says:
I undrstand what you'd like to hear, nobody, but it's actually more difficult top answer than perhaps you realize. Schizophrenia is a serious illness, but it varies very much between people. Some people are very severely afected, others less so ; some respond very well to medication ( like out friend d ) and others less so. So the outcome is much less predictable than one would like. Generally, one of the aims of the medicines is to help to control the symptoms and help the person to cope with the chores of day-to-day life, so meds should help, and higher doses may be used if the lower doses are helping but not enough.
Some people with schizophrenia respond well to medication and are able to live independently ; others do well enough to manage at home, with someone to help look after them ; some do well, where there are such facilities, in group homes, where a group of people with similar illnesses live together, sharing a home, with one well person to help the group. Others may need to be admitted to a hospital so that they can be properly cared for and protected. Some may need to spend years in such a hospital, some may need to be admitted for a few months at a time every year or two ; others may need only one admission.
As for coping with the voices, mostly people find that having patience to find the right dose of the right medicine, usually helps to get rid of the distracting voices. Some have said that listening to music in earphones may help --- but not "at full blast" as this could make the situation worse ---in this case the high noise levels might damage one's hearing for normal sounds, while the voices, which are arising internally, would not be affected, and thus could end up sounding more loud, by comparison to the normal sounds of the world.
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