Treatmentof Schizophrenia

A. Pharmacotherapy. Antipsychotic medications reduce core symptoms and are the cornerstone of treatment of schizophrenia.

B. Psychosocial treatments in conjunction with medications are often indicated. Day treatment programs, with emphasis on social skills training, can improve functioning and decrease relapse.

C. A complete discussion of the treatment of Schizophrenia can be found on page 101.

D. Family therapy and individual supportive psychotherapy are also instrumental in relapse prevention.

E. Electroconvulsive therapy is rarely used in the treatment of schizophrenia, but may be useful when catatonia or prominent affective symptoms are present.

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