Landmark Study Finds Talk Therapy Eases Schizophrenia
The chances of easing the symptoms of the mental health disorder increase dramatically when talk therapy and small doses of antipsychotic medicines are used in tandem, a study finds.
The New York Times:
Talk Therapy Found To Ease Schizophrenia
More than two million people in the United States have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and the treatment for most of them mainly involves strong doses of antipsychotic drugs that blunt hallucinations and delusions but can come with unbearable side effects, like severe weight gain or debilitating tremors. Now, results of a landmark government-funded study call that approach into question. (Carey, 10/20)
The Washington Post:
Study Suggests New Way To Treat People After First Schizophrenia Episode
Quickly identifying people who have suffered a first schizophrenic episode and treating them with coordinated, sustained services sharply boosts their chances of leading productive lives, according to a major study being published Tuesday. And the treatment can be provided in a typical community mental health setting, the researchers concluded. (Bernstein, 10/20)