Rehabilitation of Schizophrenic Patients

Author(s): S. Gunatilake, J. Ananth, S. Parameswaran, S. Brown, W. Silva.

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Design

Volume 10 , Issue 18 , 2004

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Abstract:

Schizophrenia is a maldevelopmental disorder of the brain that manifests in positive, negative, cognitive and affective symptoms. Currently, the mainstay of treatment involves pharmacotherapy. The limitations of antipsychotic treatment are that they can only control symptoms and cannot cure the illness, and 20% of patients do not respond, thus leading to the requirement of maintenance treatment. Patients that do respond continue to have disabling residual symptoms such as amotivation and isolation, maladaptive behavior, and impaired social functioning. These symptoms prevent patients from attaining educational, occupational, and social roles. Psychosocial interventions and models of quality of life in schizophrenia are based on the notion that increases in psychosocial functioning will be related to improvement in subjective experiences, such as self-esteem and satisfaction with life. The comparative effect of specific treatment methods and the additional benefits of multiple treatments need to be explored. Diversified techniques have also been employed, such as shaping, cognitive process therapy, mastery-oriented skill training, motivation and enhancement. Issues in designing psychosocial interventions and the role of various professionals in providing such interventions need to be carefully considered. Predictor variables and the indications for particular therapies in an individual need to be explored. Generalizability of the gains made by rehabilitation / recovery is also an important consideration. Patients in jail, chronic mental hospitals, private facilities, and the Veterans Administration system are all different in their ability to benefit, their motivations, and the severity of their psychopathology. Therefore, it is very difficult to generalize findings from one setting to another.

Keywords: rehabilitation of schizophrenic patients, recovery model of rehabilitation, maintenance antipsychotic treatment, psychosocial programs, social skill training, assertive community management, cognitive remediation

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VOLUME: 10
ISSUE: 18
Year: 2004
Page: [2277 - 2288]
Pages: 12
DOI: 10.2174/1381612043384141
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