Different Treatments for Schizophrenia
October 24, 2013
This essay discusses the many different types of treatments for the mental illness known as schizophrenia. To understand the importance of why schizophrenia needs to be treated will be presented here. Among the different treatments, this essay will provide the main and current studies and research of them all. Different schizophrenia treatments include antipsychotic and atypical antipsychotic medications (along with the side effects and more details about patients’ response), psychosocial treatments and psychotherapies, cognitive behavioral therapy, rehabilitation, family psychoeducation and illness self-management. In addition to the various treatments available for schizophrenics, in this essay it will cover the controversy of which treatment is most appropriate to treat schizophrenia according to research.
Treatments for Schizophrenia:
What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that has affected many people. People with this psychosis may hear voices other people do not hear. They may believe other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. This can terrify people with the illness and make them withdrawn or extremely agitated. People with schizophrenia may not make sense when they talk. They may sit for hours without moving or talking. Families and society are affected by schizophrenia too. Many people with schizophrenia have difficulty holding a job or caring for themselves, so they rely on others for help. (Schizophrenia is a chronic condition that requires lifelong treatment. It is extremely important to treat schizophrenia as soon as possible after the onset. With delay in effective treatment, patients may be at increased risk for brain volume loss with adverse implications for long-term treatment outcomes (Bradley, 2012). Once the individual finds appropriate treatment (which works)...