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How is psychosis in veterans treated?

The primary method of treatment for psychosis in veterans is medication. Psychotherapy may provide some support for the patient, but without drug treatment it is not effective in managing symptoms. Medications are not foolproof, however, in the case of psychotic disorders. Patients do not all respond consistently to the different antipsychotic drugs prescribed. They may find some of the side effects unpleasant or unacceptable.

Psychosis sufferers have a high rate of substance abuse, which interferes with their medications, and there are also potential interactions between antipsychotic drugs and antidepressants or other medications. About 70% of patients improve with antipsychotic medication, seeing a decrease in the severity of their symptoms, shorter duration of psychotic episodes, and longer periods of time between psychotic episodes. Treatment is essential and the disorder can substantially worsen without it. Delayed treatment or lack of treatment can result in increased risk of major depression, violence, and suicide.

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