Treatments for Schizophrenia
A number of new, effective medications for schizophrenia with fewer side effects
than older medications have been introduced in the past decade. The newer drugs
are very effective in the treatment of psychosis, including hallucinations and
delusions, and may also be helpful for treating reduced motivation or blunted
emotional expression. Because of the nature of the disorder, some people with
schizophrenia may deny that they need medications and may either refuse to take
them or stop taking them because of undesired side effects. Remembering to take
medications may be difficult because of the disorganized thinking characteristic
of people with schizophrenia. A major goal of research at NIMH is the discovery
of new, effective and safe treatments that can be given in longer-acting doses.
Since schizophrenia may not be a single condition and its causes are not yet
known, current treatment methods are based on both clinical research and experience.
These approaches are chosen on the basis of their ability to reduce the symptoms
of schizophrenia and to lessen the chances that symptoms will return.
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