Managing schizophrenia is a
lifelong process. It can’t be cured. But symptoms can often be managed with medicine and
therapy. Often, more than one method is needed. Types of treatment that may be helpful
Antipsychotic medicines. These are
the main medicines used to reduce the most troubling symptoms such as delusions,
hallucinations, and paranoia.
Other medicines. These may include antidepressants or other mood stabilizers.
Therapy. Individual and family therapy (including cognitive and behavioral therapy).
Training. These may include learning social skills, job skills, or structured activity.
Self-help and support groups.
Early treatment and supportive services helps affected people live productive lives. It’s very important to take medicines exactly as prescribed and to keep taking them even if you feel better. Many people may still have some symptoms, even with treatment. At times, symptoms may get worse and treatment will need to be adjusted.
Always see your healthcare provider for more information.