How is schizophrenia managed?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Antipsychotic medications diminish the positive symptoms of schizophrenia and prevent relapses.

There is no clear antipsychotic drug of choice for schizophrenia. Clozapine is the most effective medication but is not recommended as first-line therapy.

Psychosocial treatment is essential. The best-studied psychosocial treatments are social skills training, cognitive-behavioral therapy, cognitive remediation, and social cognition training.

Psychosocial treatments are currently oriented according to the recovery model. According to this model, the goals of treatment for a person with schizophrenia are as follows:

  • To have few or stable symptoms

  • Not to be hospitalized

  • To manage his or her own funds and medications

  • To be either working or in school at least half-time

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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