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What are the treatment options for residual schizophrenia?

Charles J. Sophy, MD
Adolescent Medicine

If someone with residual schizophrenia is also experiencing depression or anxiety, his/her treatment options include antidepressant or anti-anxiety drug, along with antipsychotic medications, psychotherapy, and support services, such as help with employment and life skills. 

Depending on the severity of their condition, they may be hospitalized for a while so that changes in their behavior can be closely checked by a psychiatrist. 

The main treatment for most types of schizophrenia involves taking antipsychotic medication. Some newer medications have fewer side effects than medications that have been around for a longer time. Some newer medications include Abilify (Aripiprazole) and Risperidone (Risperdal); there are many different antipsychotic medications available. Even when people with residual schizophrenia do not experience the positive symptoms of schizophrenia, it is important for them to continue taking their medication. If someone with residual schizophrenia is also experiencing depression or anxiety, antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs, along with antipsychotic medications, may help.

When people with schizophrenia experience strong symptoms, they may need hospitalization. Other treatments that can help people with schizophrenia include help with employment, different types of therapy, and help with life skills. Since people with residual schizophrenia have long periods without positive symptoms, they may benefit from many of these additional treatments.

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
If you suffer from residual schizophrenia, your treatment options include antipsychotic medications, therapy, and support services. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may be hospitalized for a while so that changes in your behavior can be closely checked by a psychiatrist. Talk to your doctor about treatment options for residual schizophrenia.

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