Paranoid Schizophrenia Symptoms


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Paranoid schizophrenia is an illness that typically requires lifelong treatment with neuroleptics or 5-HT2A antagonists to enable someone with the disorder to have a relatively stable and normal life. In order to be successfully treated, a person with schizophrenia should seek help from family or primary care doctors, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, pharmacists, family members, case workers, psychiatric nurses, or social workers. In some cases, the person may not be able to do so, as many people with the disorder are unable to accept their condition. This denial can also result in lack of compliance with taking neuroleptics, especially if the patient considers the side effects (such as extrapyramidal symptoms) to be more debilitating than the condition itself. The main options offered for the treatment of paranoid schizophrenia are the following: neuroleptics, psychotherapy, hospitalization, electroconvulsive therapy, and vocational skills training, often in combination.