How can I prevent a psychotic break?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
One of the best ways to prevent psychosis with schizophrenia is to follow your doctor's treatment recommendations. Antipsychotic medications often reduce psychotic symptoms quickly. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, psychotic symptoms, including hallucinations and delusions, often go away within a few days of starting antipsychotic medications.

But medications affect each individual in a different way. If your medication isn't working and you continue to have symptoms of psychosis, let your doctor know. Perhaps you need a different dose of medication or need to change medications altogether. Unfortunately, if you stop taking your medication, your psychotic symptoms might return. Never stop taking your medicine without talking to your doctor first.

Another way to prevent psychotic symptoms is to stay active in individual and group therapy. In therapy sessions, a counselor can teach you ways to avoid relapse. You may be able to identify certain stresses or triggers that might lead to a psychotic break.

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