is important that schizophrenia is diagnosed as early as possible,
because the chances of recovery are much greater the earlier it is
treated. The most effective treatment for schizophrenia patients is
usually a combination of medication and psychological counselling.
drugs have made a great difference in schizophrenic patients’ lives,
allowing them to lead a much more normal life than before. Compliance
(that is, following the medication regimen) is a major problem in the
treatment for schizophrenia. You may be tempted to go off your
medication for long periods, at huge personal cost to yourself and to
those around you as well.
must continue taking medication even when symptoms are gone, otherwise
they will come back. Successful schizophrenia treatment comes from a
life-long regimen of both drug and therapy. The medication can help
control your hallucinations and delusions, but it cannot help you to
learn to communicate with others, get a job, and thrive in society. If
you have schizophrenia and comply with the treatment regimen, you will
be able to lead a happy and productive life.
you may experience side effects when you start taking these
medications. Most side effects go away after a few days and often can be
managed successfully. These include:
and counselling help you to deal with everyday challenges of the
illness, such as difficulty with communication, self-care, work, and
forming and keeping relationships. Learning and using coping mechanisms
to address these problems can allow you to socialize and attend school
regular psychosocial treatment can also make you more likely to keep
taking your medication, and less likely to have relapses or be
hospitalized. Therapists can help you to better understand and adjust to
living with schizophrenia. They can also provide education about the
disorder, common symptoms or problems you may experience, and the
importance of staying on medications.