Treatment plans

Antipsychotic medication may reduce the risk of relapse in patients who have recovered from an acute episode of schizophrenia.9

Schizophrenia is a chronic illness and, as such, relapses may occur from time to time; the most common contributors to symptom relapse are when antipsychotic medications are stopped (known as non-compliance to treatment) or taken irregularly (known as partial compliance to treatment).22,23

It is therefore very important that people with schizophrenia agree upon a treatment plan that suits them with their doctor. This may involve receiving an antipsychotic injection medication, attending clinic appointments, and carefully following other treatment procedures that may have been agreed upon, such as family therapy. Following an agreed upon plan can greatly improve the outcome and often lead to a better quality of life. It is essential that support is provided for the individual to help them follow the agreed upon plan.1,2

Support essential