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Why Being 'High-Functioning' With Schizophrenia Doesn't Mean I'm Symptom-Free

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There are a few different ways to define what “high-functioning” means for someone with schizophrenia — the ability to work full-time or function as a stay-at-home caregiver or as a full-time student, good interpersonal skills and relationships and just generally being able to function in society the majority of the time.

Throughout the course of my life with schizoaffective disorder, I have always been considered high-functioning. But high-functioning doesn’t mean my life is normal or even symptom-free. There Still May Be Symptoms Residual symptoms are common in people with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, even with medication and can occur frequently.

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