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The Case for Selective Use of Antipsychotics CD

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The usual standard of care for prescribing antipsychotics for people diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders is to use the drugs immediately and, at least with schizophrenia, to maintain use of the medication. However, a review of the long-term outcomes literature reveals that a selective-use protocol, which would involve using the antipsychotic medications in a more limited fashion, would produce superior results. Such a protocol would involve treating some first-episode patients without antipsychotics for the first few weeks, as well as supporting some patients, after their initial use of the medications, in going off the medications. Northern Finland adopted this selective-use protocol in 1992, and that region now has the best- documented long-term results in the western world. - Robert Whitaker, author, Mad in America, Cambridge, Mass. - Moderator: Keris Jan Myrick, Ph.Dc., president, NAMI Board of Directors, Pasadena, Calif.
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