Different Treatment Options

Though medications are the primary form of schizophrenia treatment, there are a number of other options that will augment and benefit a treatment plan for those diagnosed with the disorder. There is no cure for schizophrenia but there are a number of medications available that can limit or cut out the symptoms associated with the disorder and multiple therapies that can assist in helping the patient to increase his or her quality of life.

Early treatment is better but in some cases, it can take years for families to get the correct diagnosis for their loved ones living with schizophrenia. Continued follow-ups and evaluations are often necessary to garner the correct schizophrenia diagnosis and begin treatment – unless a psychotic episode makes the issue apparent to medical professionals. In these cases, an initial stay in a residential facility may be required to help the patient to stabilize and cease to be a danger to themselves or others.

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Treatment of Early Symptoms

The first medical professionals to recognize and diagnose schizophrenia are usually the ones to provide early treatment. These include general practitioners, family physicians, emergency room doctors and general therapists. Most will simply stabilize the patient if he or she is experiencing an episode characterized by dangerous or violent behavior, and then refer the patient to a specialist. The best treatment early on and throughout schizophrenic treatment will come from those who specialize in the disorder. Only specialists will be well-versed in the latest treatments and medications as well as their expected side effects and efficacies.

Schizophrenia Treatment Through Pharmacotherapy

Pharmacotherapy is the treatment of a disorder primarily through medication. Licensed nurse practitioners and medical doctors are the only ones who are legally allowed to prescribe medications. Other forms of therapy are helpful, most certainly employed throughout treatment and may augment pharmacotherapy, but the only way to fight the symptoms of schizophrenia is through medication.

It’s not a simple solution. It can take months of changing medications, varying dosages and trying different combinations to find the right match. Many patients find that certain medications don’t work for them at all while others cause uncomfortable side effects. It’s a balancing act and it takes time.

Psychotherapeutic Options

Once the patient is stabilized on the right medications, they will be better able to effectively take part in the psychotherapies that will assist them in improving their quality of life. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), family therapy, supportive psychotherapy and orthomolecular therapy utilizing vitamin and mineral supplements are all positive treatments. With the aid of the medication, they can help patients to learn how to deal with their disorder and learn how to function successfully in social situations.

Psychiatrists who prescribe the medications are not usually the medical professionals who provide this form of treatment and support, nor do they follow up to make sure that the patient is taking his or her medication correctly or regularly. Other therapeutic professionals may provide personal therapy sessions and group sessions designed to create a treatment plan for the patient and to follow-up and ensure that the patient is sticking to treatment. These therapies often provide patients with the coping skills they need to have positive social interactions and recognize when their symptoms are resurfacing before it becomes a problem.

Paying for Treatment

Most who are living with schizophrenia are unable to maintain regular jobs, especially jobs that come with medical benefits. Medications are expensive and maintenance care after stabilization usually lasts for life. Regular follow-up care is generally recommended and long-term care is not uncommon. If insurance runs out or doesn’t cover the cost, many must resort to financing or borrow money to pay for treatment. Family and friends are often needed to assist in paying for the costs since few diagnosed with schizophrenia are able to maintain a job for any length of time.

Parents who can keep their children with schizophrenia on their insurance will find some assistance with coverage until it runs out. For long-term care and maintenance, they may need to find financial resources outside of insurance in order to maintain continued care for their child.

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