Believe it or not, not everyone espouses the idea that medications are needed or that they are the best first option for treating this disorder. For some, that may be true. I need my meds. Medications have given me a present and hope for my future. They are so important to my recovery that I have listed them first.
Without medications, I would be paranoid and hear voices and lack the ability to relate well to others. I would likely withdraw into a little world where only I exist. Without meds, I would also lack the ability to do much more than lie on a couch, chain smoke cigarettes, and fight an internal battle that would most likely end in my death. Schizophrenia is that painful.
A final thought:
If you or someone you care for has schizophrenia and the meds aren’t working, tell your psychiatrist and request that he try something different. The only way a psychiatrist can know if a medication or medications are working or not working is by observing you and by your own reports. Please, don’t feel like you have to settle. Oftentimes, meds can be adjusted or changed to help you.