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Treatments for Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a life-long condition that needs to be treated. Methods depends on the person and the problems they have. Early, intense treatment often leads to better outcomes. It can also delay or prevent further psychotic episodes. Schizophrenia is better controlled when treatment is ongoing. People with schizophrenia can live a normal life. Treatment for many people can result in remission (period of time without problems), or longer times between psychotic episodes. Others may still have problems even when they are treated.
Psychotic episodes need to be treated right away. This may be done in a hospital if there is a danger to oneself or others.
Treatment include one or more of these:
  • Medicines to control psychosis and other symptoms such as depression or agitation
  • Therapy for psychological, social, and occupational problems
  • Education and support for family members
Treatment may be with:
Lifestyle changesMedicationsOther treatments

References

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Schizophrenia. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115234/Schizophrenia. Updated November 29, 2018. Accessed August 13, 2019.
Schizophrenia. Mental Health America website. Available at: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/schizophrenia. Accessed August 13, 2019.
Schizophrenia. National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/schizophrenia/index.shtml. Updated February 2016. Accessed August 13, 2019.
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Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
  • Review Date: 12/2018
  • Update Date: 08/13/2019