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Treatments for Schizophrenia

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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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:


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  • Adrian Preda, MD
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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.