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John Nash Schizophrenia Treatment
A mental disorder with positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms. A person with positive symptoms loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative symptoms: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of everyday functions; losing motivation; the inability to carry out plans in isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more
Old term: "process" schizophrenia is an old term for what we now call chronic schizophrenia. Typical onset is late teens to early 20's, but evidence suggests the process may start much earlier. There are both positive (hallucinations & delusions) and negative (social withdrawaal, lack of motivation) symptoms. Medications, supportive therapy, and family work can help improve quality of life. ...Read more
Same: If you still have residual symptoms following an initial response to treatment, you may need an adjustment of your medication (s), may have co occurring conditions that have not been addressed yet or may need other therapeutic interventions in addition to what you are being treated with. Talk to your psychiatrist. ...Read more
MARKEDLY IMPROVED: Treatment has grown by leaps and bounds. When I was a resident (yes, a long, long time ago in a galaxy fa, farr away...) the treatments did not address negative symptoms and were fraught with horrible side effects. I pitied people with schizoprhenia then. Now medications are more tolerable (from side effect stance) & can significantly improve + & - symptoms. Treatments have markedly improved! ...Read more
It depends: Antipsychotic medications are a common and effective treatment for schizophrenia. Supportive therapies that aim to improve social functioning and promote autonomy are also an important component of treatment. The best treatment largely depends on individual differences such as the severity of the illness and the subtype of schizophrenia. ...Read more
Many different: Medication options exist depending on the individual characteristics of each patient. All therapies involve the use of antipsychotic medications but individual variations will help determine which are used and this is best addressed by your Psychiatrist. ...Read more
Differences: With research we are learning more about schizophrenia and possible other neurotransmitters involved. There are a lot more antipsychotic available today than in 1960. With advances in technology, neuroimaging can be done to identify problem areas in the brain. Patients are not merely locked up in asylums, but instead take part in community based treatment. Overall, there is more support. ...Read more
Biopsychosocial: In the late 80's and early 90's the concept of biopsychosocial treatment became very popular. In this treatment paradigm one addressed the biological, psychological and social needs of any patient regardless of diagnosis. In the case of catatonic schizophrenia antipsychotic medications are given, and the patient is gradually reintegrated into society. For severe cases ECT has been effective. ...Read more
This condition: Is best treated by a psychiatrist. Some facility have a medical team approach that may include a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a social worker and other types of professionals. Take care. ...Read more
Treatment Options: Bipolar disorder Tx Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Schizophrenia is treated with antipsychotics. Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. ...Read more
Schizophrenia: Both are phenothiazine group of antipsychotics used for such. ...Read more
Is haloperidol used for schizophrenia treatment only? I am prescribed with halo. I am expriencing voice hallucinations and was diagnoised with ptsd.
Haldol (haloperidol): Can be used 'off-label'. It is an older antipsychotic medication that has indications for schizophrenia ; tourette disorder. It can be used for psychotic or dissociative symptoms (such as can occur with ptsd). I prefer working with the newer class of atypical antipsychotics. Take care. ...Read more
What is the best medical treatment for flat affect which may be due to depression and long standing schizophrenia.?
Individual treatment: You first deserve a good evaluation of your condition to be as sure as possible of diagnosis. If schizophrenia is the primary cause of the flat affect (which it can be), an important part of treatment will be antipsychotic medications. If you are more schizoaffective, then other medications might be needed in addition. Supportive therapy is helpful too. Your psychiatrist can suggest options. ...Read more
My mother having schizophrenia but she refuse any treatment, she is suspicious and aggressive anger person what to do?!
I understand your frustration.
You are a caring Daughter.
Release your frustration in a State Park and reflect on your relationship with her.
Then, have Heart to Heart talk with your mother, show your appreciation for what she has done for you, ask her what you could do to make her happy; then share your concerns about her thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and suggest her to see a Psychiatrist. ...Read more
Can orthomolecular psychiatry, and the use of vitamin supplements treatment and treat schizophrenia?
Alternative tx?: I don't know what you mean by "alternative treatments for schizophrenia". It you can tell me what they are - I will try to comment on each. Schizophrenia requires life-long treatment with use of atypical antipsychotics as the mainstay. Conventional neuroleptics are an option. Psychosocial treatments that go hand in hand with meds include: family therapy, social skills training & voc rehab. ...Read more
Schizophrenia: In addition to medications, other options such as ECT are viable in resistant cases. ...Read more
Tx: The mainstay treatment is medication with antipsychotic medications. However, the best treatment is meds + counseling + psychosocial support. While the antipsychotic medications often help with hallucinations and delusions they are not as effective for motivation, improving social activity, anergy and flatness - so antidepressants are often used as well. Newer antipsychotics are better tolerated. ...Read more
Is it possible for schizophrenia to be cured by therapy alone? Or is medication always necessary?
From long years ago I were have schizophrenia but now I am healthy and I take risperdal for long time. Is the therapy if I take it I can stop?
See answer: If you have been functioning well for a considerable time, discuss slightly decreasing Risperidal (risperidone) dose with treating doctor. See how you feel. If symptoms return, you may need to go back up on dose. Work closely with your doc and other mental health professional you may be seeing. Stay connected to your family and friends and keep busy at work or other activities. Best wishes. ...Read more
Unknown: As far as I know, there are no well-controlled research studies that have tried to answer this question. I'm not aware of any evidence showing that it either works or doesn't work. ...Read more
What're some good group therapy activities for low-functioning adults (schizophrenia, stroke, bipolar)?
Group therapy: Your local mental health center (csb) is best resource. ...Read more
Where can I find help (housing, testing, therapy) for my 30 yr old sister? She has split personalities, severe bipolar, depression, schizophrenia, al
Resources: Most counties in the U.S. have mental health programs that can provide assistance for patients with mental health diagnoses even if patients don't have private insurance. The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) has chapters in many cities/counties as well and are a good resource and referral base. Start at https://www. Nami. Org/ and search for a local chapter based on your location. ...Read more
Is treating schizophrenia with cognitive behavioral therapy more or less beneficial than treating schizophrenia with the atypical antipsychotic risperidone?
Doubful: Antispychotic medications are primary proven ttreatments for schizophrenia - though cognitive-behavioral and interpersonall therapies can help build skills, coping, provide support and reduce negative impact and reduce frequency of psychotic episodes of decompensation. Few believe it is a substitue - since the moder marvel of medication allows many people to function relatively normally in society. ...Read more