NIMH acknowledges that antipsychotics worsen prospects for long term recovery

Thomas Insel, the Director of the National Institute on Mental Health comments on a recent study of the long term effects of antipsychotic maintenance for schizophrenics. The study looked at patients who discontinued antipsychotics compared to those who were maintained on antipsychotics. ...by seven years, the discontinuation group had achieved twice the functional recovery rate: … Continue reading NIMH acknowledges that antipsychotics worsen prospects for long term recovery

Less is more – Antipsychotics and Recovery from First-Episode Psychosis

A very interesting finding with profound implications for addicts who experience a psychotic episode. (Particularly since it's so difficult to tease out whether it was substance -induced.) Importance  Short-term outcome studies of antipsychotic dose-reduction/discontinuation strategies in patients with remitted first-episode psychosis (FEP) showed higher relapse rates but no other disadvantages compared with maintenance treatment; however, long-term effects … Continue reading Less is more – Antipsychotics and Recovery from First-Episode Psychosis