Schizophreni A Review Of Treatment And Interventions

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Schizophrenia: A Review of Treatment and Interventions Patricia McGuire John F. Kennedy University Abstract This paper analyzes different types of treatment and interventions currently utilized to treat schizophrenia. A review of psychosocial models, antipsychotic interventions and social cognition approaches are outlined. Keywords: Schizophrenia, social cognition, antipsychotic medication, psychosis, treatment Schizophrenia: A Review of Treatment and Interventions The American Psychiatric Association [APA] (2013) defines schizophrenia as a debilitating psychotic disorder that involves delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, grossly disorganized or catatonic behaviors and negative symptoms. Beidel, Frueh & Hersen (2014) explain that schizophrenia impairs social functioning especially in areas that relate to daily living; this includes maintaining social relationships and intellectual functioning. Positive symptoms (e.g. hallucinations), negative symptoms (e.g. social withdrawal), cognitive impairment (e.g. memory problems), and mood related issues (e.g. anxiety) are most common in individuals who are diagnosed with schizophrenia (Beidel, Frueh & Herson, 2014, p.166). Different interventions to treat schizophrenia have been explored. There is no specific treatment that has proven to reduce symptoms definitively. Individualized treatments along with psychosocial models have yielded positive results in the reduction of psychosis. The use of

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