Our son was diagnosed at 26, he is now 30. Been a roller coaster, good periods, then when he would go off his meds because of side effects, he would end up in the hospital. Once back on his meds things improve, but he lives with us and we monitor his meds....does t stop him from going into episodes at times, but when he is feeling good, he gets back to what he loves, playing his drums and practicing with other musicians. Even got paid for it. Have to take it one day at a time. Who would think our sons would get this horrible disease, was popular, smart, fun and at 26, he just snapped, and paranoia took over. Once he was committed to the psych ward, he had to be court ordered to be put on meds. He was first given rispodel injections and after being released went to a clinic for his shots. This way you did not have to worry if he took his meds. He now is on pills, olzapine, which seems to be helping.