How can Schizophrenia be Treated?

During an episode of schizophrenia, the patient may require hospitalization for safety reasons. Hospitalization is necessary to treat severe delusions or hallucinations, serious suicidal inclinations, inability to care for oneself, or severe problems with drugs or alcohol.

Medications:

Neuroleptics or Anti-psychotic Drugs are highly effective in dealing with schizophrenia. These medicines change the chemical balance in the brain and can help control symptoms. Some of these symptoms can normally be brought under control in a matter of days; others in weeks. Usually, few months may be required to achieve a fully stabilized condition.

Clozapine is tried when schizophrenia does not improve with several antipsychotics. It is the most effective medication for reducing schizophrenia symptoms, but it causes more side effects than other antipsychotics.

Schizophrenia is a life-long illness and most people with this condition need to stay on antipsychotic medication for lifetime.

Symptoms of chronic schizophrenia, such as depression and apathy do not respond well to medications.

Supportive Therapy:

Supportive therapy involves teaching of skills such as:

  • Managing medication
  • Learning to socialize
  • Handling finances
  • Getting a job
  • Using public transport

Ideally, in-patient programs should be linked as much as possible with appropriate community-based programs to provide a continuing pattern of care.

Supportive therapy has positive outcomes in most people with schizophrenia. Along with the patient, the family members should also be educated about the disease and offered support.

Comments

ajesh- Saturday, May 10, 2014

I have one mental problem started 2 years firstly i did not clarified but the soon they have very bad habit that like the other person sexual parts [ie like ....] and men and wowans personaly disorders type what is the problem

mvkulk Monday, September 12, 2011

I feel harmones/vitamins/minerals may also play a role in SZ. what are the test can be conducted for male 28 years having SZ since 10 years mvkulk

mvkulk Monday, September 12, 2011

My son is diagnosied for SZ 10 years back. He is 28y now. What consultation treatment u can offer online??????? mvkulk

sonali77 Friday, September 9, 2011

my husband have a schizophrenia recently , we are decided for family planning ? will the child be normal ? or any crisis exist . can we wait for a time , how long ???

jameel_6358 Monday, January 10, 2011

what are the drugs available in india for treating positive symptoms in Schizophrenia?

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