What are the treatment options for disorganized schizophrenia?

The primary course of treatment for disorganized schizophrenia is medication. People with the disorder generally take a combination of antipsychotic drugs and other medications aimed at controlling disorders that present themselves along with the disorganized schizophrenia. Finding the right medication and the right dosage for disorganized schizophrenia can be difficult because different medications cause different side effects for different people. The exact medication and dosage is determined on an individual basis by the doctor. Additionally, individuals with disorganized schizophrenia generally undergo psychotherapy, where they can learn to cope with their disorder. Finally, institutionalization, where people with disorganized schizophrenia can be monitored and medicated for their well-being, and electroconvulsive therapy, a treatment in which electric shock is used to treat the disorder, are sometimes prescribed for the disorder.

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

People with disorganized schizophrenia often use the same treatments as those with other types of schizophrenia: medication and counseling or therapy. The most common medication used to treat schizophrenia is an antipsychotic medication. There are two types: typical and atypical. The typical ones were developed at the height of I Love Lucy’s popularity. Atypical antipsychotics were developed at the height of Friends and Seinfeld in the 1990s. Both reduce the positive and negative symptoms. Typical antipsychotics tend to treat the negative symptoms better, so it is not uncommon for you to be on multiple medications at once. It is important to note that some drugs used to treat schizophrenia can cause some nasty side effects. Some have to be watched as closely as a toddler on a playground and blood tests may be necessary, so be sure to tell your doctor about anything unusual, and definitely do not stop taking the meds cold turkey.

Counseling also helps people with schizophrenia. Consider attending a group or family therapy session with your friend or relative. These sessions can offer comfort, education, and assistance for people with schizophrenia. People with disorganized schizophrenia usually fare best in these settings once they are stable on medication.
Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Treatment options for disorganized schizophrenia include medications, individual and group therapy, and support services. Depending on your situation and how severe your disorganized schizophrenia becomes, a good treatment plan can help you better control symptoms and live a healthier life. Talk to your doctor about which treatments options are best for you. 
Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A number of treatments exist for disorganized schizophrenia, including medications and different forms of therapy. Antipsychotic medications are often effective at reducing some of the severe symptoms of the illness, including hallucinations, delusions, and movement and speech disorders. Other medicines may be prescribed as well. People with disorganized schizophrenia who have been stabilized on medications may be able to communicate well enough to participate in therapy sessions. If this is the case, individual, group, family, and skill training therapies can all be helpful for people with this disease. Another treatment that can effectively reduce active symptoms of disorganized schizophrenia is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). This therapy can change the chemistry and functioning of the brain, causing a decrease in troubling symptoms.

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