What symptoms do antipsychotic medications treat?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Antipsychotic medications help treat both positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Positive symptoms refer to the psychotic hallucinations and delusions that some people with schizophrenia experience. When people have positive symptoms, they might act in strange ways, or say strange things. People with negative symptoms lack a normal range of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. For instance, many people with schizophrenia appear unemotional, catatonic, or in a stupor. Some doctors believe that the newer antipsychotic medications, called atypical, or second-generation drugs, are more effective at treating schizophrenia symptoms than the older medications. However, this has not been proven. Most people need to experiment with different dosages and medications until they find the most effective antipsychotic medications for their condition.

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