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Are there alternative treatments for catatonic schizophrenia?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

If you have catatonic schizophrenia, conventional medicine is the best approach. Medication is the main way in which the disorder is treated, and you have the best chance of functioning normally if you do take your medication. However, electroconvulsive therapy may be used if you don't respond to your medication. This therapy includes electricity being passed through your brain to affect chemicals in the brain. Being mindful of your disorder, taking your medications, and staying away from substances that worsen the disorder, like drugs not prescribed to you and alcohol, can also help ensure your symptoms don't return.

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