There is no known cure for schizophrenia, but it is treatable. Treatment approaches are chosen based on their ability to reduce the symptoms of schizophrenia and the chances it will reoccur. Early, aggressive treatment often leads to better outcomes and may delay progression of schizophrenia to psychosis.
Different treatment approaches for schizophrenia include:
Treatment involves the following:
At this time, surgical procedures are not a treatment option for schizophrenia.
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Last reviewed March 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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