TITLE

Treatment of Schizophrenia Without Neuroleptics: Psychosocial Interventions Versus Neuroleptic Treatment

AUTHOR(S)
Irwin, Matt
PUB. DATE
July 2004
SOURCE
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry;Summer2004, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p99
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
It is commonly believed that reversal of schizophrenia is accomplished primarily through neuroleptic drug treatment, but this belief can only he maintained by ignoring a great deal of material published in the scientific literature. Randomized studies comparing psychosocial treatment programs without neuroleptics to drug-based programs were sought out for review, and six were found. Long-term outcomes were statistically equivalent or superior in the nondrug group in all six studies, even those where the quality of the psychosocial treatment was questionable. In studies with psychosocial interventions that appeared to have higher quality, both short- and long-term results were equivalent or superior without neuroleptics. These findings suggest that neuroleptics interfere with long-term recovery and, if appropriate psychosocial interventions are available, are not even necessary for short-term behavior control.
ACCESSION #
18254981

 

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