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Medication Treatment Strategies for Psychosis 

Medication Treatment Strategies for Psychosis
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Medication Treatment Strategies for Psychosis
Author(s):

Philip G. Janicak

and Kumail Hussain

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199378067.003.0013
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date: 20 January 2022

Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that afflicts about 1 percent of the world population. It usually begins in adolescence, often evolving into a chronic, recurrent, and disabling condition. Efforts to better identify and treat individuals at high risk or early in the course of the illness presently offer the best opportunity to positively alter the long-term prognosis. Antipsychotic agents play a key role in stabilizing patients at several stages in the illness process, allowing them to more effectively participate in various psychoeducational, psychosocial, and psychotherapeutic efforts. Many patients, however, do not adequately benefit from existing agents or cannot tolerate their related complications. Thus, there are a variety of ongoing initiatives to develop alternative treatments that will further improve efficacy, safety, and tolerability. This chapter reviews these issues, focusing on practical ways to improve treatment delivery with the ultimate goal of helping patients achieve recovery.

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