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Schizophrenia

A mental disorder often characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to recognize what is real. Common symptoms include false beliefs, unclear or confused thinking, and reduced social engagement and emotional expression.

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About Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that has affected people throughout history.

People with the disorder may hear voices other people don't 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 This can terrify people with the illness and make them withdrawn or extremely agitated.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. Sometimes people with schizophrenia seem perfectly fine until they talk about what they are really thinking.

Families and society are affected by schizophrenia too. Many people with schizophrenia have difficulty holding a job or caring for themselves....Read more about Schizophrenia NIH - National Institute of Mental Health

What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Adults: Treatment and Management

This guideline has been developed to advise on the treatment and management of psychosis and schizophrenia in adults. The guideline recommendations have been developed by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, people with psychosis and schizophrenia, their carers and guideline methodologists after careful consideration of the best available evidence. It is intended that the guideline will be useful to clinicians and service commissioners in providing and planning highquality care for people with psychosis and schizophrenia while also emphasising the importance of the experience of care for people with psychosis and schizophrenia and their carers.

Cognitive rehabilitation for schizophrenia: a review of recent advances

Bibliographic details: Kurtz M M, Nichols M C.  Cognitive rehabilitation for schizophrenia: a review of recent advances. Current Psychiatry Reviews 2007; 3(3): 213-221

Drama therapy for schizophrenia or schizophrenia‐like illnesses

Drama therapy is one of the creative therapies suggested to be of value as an adjunctive treatment for people with schizophrenia or schizophrenia‐like illnesses. Randomised studies have been successfully conducted in this area but poor study reporting meant that no conclusions could be drawn from them. The benefits or harms of the use of drama therapy in schizophrenia are therefore unclear and further large, high quality studies are required to determine the true value of drama therapy for schizophrenia or schizophrenia‐like illnesses.

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Summaries for consumers

Antipsychotic Medicines for Treating Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder: A Review of the Research for Adults and Caregivers

This summary talks about one type of medicine—antipsychotics— used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It will tell you what research says about how older and newer antipsychotics compare for treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults. Please note that the research on antipsychotics as treatment for bipolar disorder is limited, and more research is needed. This summary will also tell you about the possible side effects of antipsychotics. It can help you talk with your doctor about whether or not one of these antipsychotic medicines might be right for you.

Drama therapy for schizophrenia or schizophrenia‐like illnesses

Drama therapy is one of the creative therapies suggested to be of value as an adjunctive treatment for people with schizophrenia or schizophrenia‐like illnesses. Randomised studies have been successfully conducted in this area but poor study reporting meant that no conclusions could be drawn from them. The benefits or harms of the use of drama therapy in schizophrenia are therefore unclear and further large, high quality studies are required to determine the true value of drama therapy for schizophrenia or schizophrenia‐like illnesses.

Sulpiride for schizophrenia

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More about Schizophrenia

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Also called: Schizophrenic

Other terms to know:
Hallucinations, Paranoia, Psychosis

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