- Mar 26, 2004
I don't think so, TM. There is no "cure" for thyroid dysfunction but it can usually be managed quite well with medication. There is no "cure" for dyslexia, but one can learn to compensate for it and thereby overcome it. There is no "cure" for a host of human limitations and conditions and disorders, but I don't think that ever translates into "no hope".TM said:As for medication, I am for the appropriate use of medication. But I'm also against diagnosing someone with an illness and stating that there is no cure. You might as well say, "There is no hope."
It is the same for schizophrenia. It is true that there is no "cure" per se but that does not mean that it cannot be well-managed, the symptoms controlled, etc. The single most difficult problem with schizophrenia is medication compliance, because most sufferers do not believe they are ill -- that is the nature of the illness. This is also true for bipolar disorder. And it is why the prognosis for both disorders is as low as it is.
On the other hand, those who in one way or another can be convinced that they do need to remain on medication for extended periods of time to stabilize the condition do improve, without question, and some can live productive and quite happy lives. Perhaps that is why it is so important to emphasize to sufferers and their families that indeed there is no "cure" and that the best hope for a reasonably normal and happy life is to take the medication according to the instructions of your doctor.