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Medication: An Important Component for Treatment (03:26)

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Relapse in schizophrenia can be attributed to the vulnerability of the illness to remissions and exacerbations. As researchers continue to learn about how schizophrenia attacks the brain, more effective medications are developed for treatment.

Common Relapse Symptoms (04:09)

Symptoms signaling a schizophrenic relapse vary with the individual, but the pattern of symptoms in a specific person tends to remain the same from one episode to the next. Family involvement and support may help identify an impending relapse.

Individual Criteria for Relapse (04:13)

The inconsistent nature of schizophrenia makes it difficult to differentiate between normal symptoms and a relapse. Development of internationally recognized objective standards is impossible due to variation of symptoms between patients.

Increasing Awareness About Schizophrenia (02:42)

Education for schizophrenics and their families helps define different levels of relapse and determine when to make decisions about care. A support network may help patients and families identify and cope with different stages of the illness.

Role of Genetics in Schizophrenia (04:10)

Recent research into how schizophrenia affects the brain creates more effective treatment options. While genetics play a role in predisposition for schizophrenia, genes are only one of the many undetermined factors that may cause this illness.

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Preventing Relapse in Schizophrenia


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As of now, there is no cure for schizophrenia, but with a combination of proper medication, therapy, and group support, patients can gain more control over their lives. In this program, two psychiatric experts discuss the elusive nature of this devastating disorder, as well as various treatments available to prevent relapse. Both the benefits and side effects of antipsychotic drugs are weighed by doctors. Schizophrenia patients offer personal insights into how they avoid relapse and how a growing variety of treatment options are helping them lead more normal lives. (21 minutes)

Length: 21 minutes

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Copyright date: ©1996

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