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There is no known cure for schizophrenia, but it is treatable. Treatment approaches are chosen based on their ability to reduce the symptoms of schizophrenia and the chances it will reoccur.

Different treatment approaches for schizophrenia include:

  • Possible hospitalization during severe episodes
  • Medications to control psychosis and conditions that occur with it
  • Psychosocial treatments to improve psychological, social, and occupational problems
  • Education and support for families of people with schizophrenia

Treatment involves the following:

At this time, surgical procedures are not a treatment option for schizophrenia.

References:

Schizophrenia. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated October 31, 2012. Accessed November 7, 2012.

Stern TA, et al. Massachusetts General Hospital Comprehensive Clinical Psychiatry. 1st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2008.

What is schizophrenia? National Alliance on Mental Illness website. Available at: http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=schizophrenia9. Accessed November 7, 2012.

Last reviewed November 2012 by Rimas Lukas, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


 
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