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What are the Different Treatments for Schizophrenia?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 17, 2024
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One of the more severe brain disorders known today, schizophrenia has the effect of causing people to withdraw from family and friends, paranoid about the intentions of others, and often leads to hallucinations that further trigger delusional thinking. At present there is no known cure for this mental condition, but there are several treatments for schizophrenia that can help minimize the effects and increase the potential to enjoy life.

The single most common treatments for schizophrenia involve the use of drugs that are classified as antipsychotics. There are a number of these types of medications on the market today, with most of them available in several different dosages. In recent years, more of these antipsychotic drugs have become available in generic forms, which has made it possible for more people suffering with this condition to afford them and enjoy the benefits derived from these drugs.

Along with antipsychotics, antidepressants are also among the more effective treatments for schizophrenia. Many people suffering with this condition deal with deep depression, even when the schizophrenia appears to be ebbing. Reducing the symptoms of depression can make it easier for patients to see beyond the paranoia and delusions, and focus on what is good and real in their lives.

Ongoing counseling under the care of a trained therapist is also among the most helpful treatments for schizophrenia. When coupled with medication, sessions with a psychologist can make it easier to separate the delusions from real life, and help the patient regain a proper sense of perspective. Therapy can also support the function of antidepressants, and help the individual to recover the lost self-esteem that many schizophrenics experience.

There are also some alternative treatments for schizophrenia that are purported to help people suffering with this condition. Acupuncture and acupressure are sometimes touted as ways to help soothe the unsettled mind, and help the schizophrenic step away from feelings of being persecuted or being the object or ridicule among loved ones. Both these methods rely on restoring a proper flow of energy through the body, which in turn would promote a health and balanced mental condition.

The use of herbs as one of the treatments for schizophrenia is also common. Often, the herbs used will contain high amounts of the B vitamins, notably thiamin and B12, considered necessary to correct chemical imbalances in the brain. Herbs such as skullcap, passionflower, and lemon balm may be used to deal with some of the anxiety and depression that tend to accompany schizophrenia. Chamomile may also be used as a mood enhance, or to promote restful sleep for the overworked mind of the schizophrenic. However, it must be noted that evidence supporting the use of herbal therapy is anecdotal in nature, and is not generally recognized as valid form of treatment among western healthcare professionals.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum , Writer
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including WiseGEEK, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.

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