Saturday, June 23, 2007

schizophrenics not taking antipsychotics more likely to recover

People with schizophrenia not taking antipsychotics more likely to
recover, states research

June 13, 2007
by Angela Hussain

http://psychminded.co.uk/news/news2007/June07/people002.htm

People diagnosed with schizophrenia who are not on antipsychotics are
more likely to experience recovery than those taking the medication,
according to an American study.

Over 15 years, schizophrenia patients not on antipsychotics showed more
periods of recovery than those taking antipsychotics, states a research
paper in last month's Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

Researchers reported that, after 10 years, 79% of patients on
antipsychotics were psychotic, whereas 23% of those not on medication
were psychotic. After 15 years, 65 per cent of patients on
antipsychotics were psychotic, whereas only 28% of those not on
medication were psychotic.

The study's authors - Martin Harrow and Thomas Jobe of the department of
psychiatry at the University of Illinois in Chicago - concluded that
"not all schizophrenia patients need to use antipsychotic medications
continuously throughout their lives."

They stated that certain patient characteristics - such as a "favorable
personality" - helped those not on medication to experience recovery.

The study was on 145 patients - 64 diagnosed with schizophrenia, and a
control of 81 patients who had another psychotic diagnosis, such as
paranoid disorder.

The research was part-funded by America's National Institute of Mental
Health.

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1 comment:

Charlotte said...

I have been on antipsychotic drugs now for nearly 5 years. I have felt suicidal all that time. I think that they are very very dangerous - much more than people think. In the last few months I have weaned myself off them (without telling my doctor) and I've noticed a major improvement in energy levels. I still have to take one every now and again because my body is having trouble coming off them as well but I just feel like a new woman.