PMID: 36218May 5, 1979

Management of the schizophrenic patient

Canadian Medical Association Journal
M V Seeman


Schizophrenia is a continuing and relapsing disorder that begins in early adulthood and lasts indefinitely. Effective treatment, therefore, needs to be long-term and comprehensive. The physician must be able to control disabling symptoms while minimizing the side effects of neuroleptic medication. The lifetime risk remains of depression and suicide, paranoid crisis, social distress and frequent rehospitalization. It is a medical responsibility not only to look after the schizophrenic patient's health but also to coordinate social and emergency services, improve the quality of life, support the family and anticipate problems in offspring. At the time, the physician needs to consider the welfare of the community in which the schizophrenic patient lives.

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