Harvard Mental Health Letter

Questions & Answers: How important is early care for schizophrenia?

Q. How important is early care for schizophrenia?

A. Research is beginning to show that it's very important. The condition of people with schizophrenia declines most in the first few years after the diagnosis, and they respond less well to treatment with passing time and repeated psychotic episodes. The first episode of psychosis (hallucinations and delusions) should be treated as soon and as thoroughly as possible. And psychosocial treatment is at least as important as antipsychotic drugs.

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