A research review study by John Bola, assistant professor at the University of Southern California School of Social Work, found no solid evidence that untreated early episodes of psychosis cause long-term harm. This will undoubtedly stir controversy over the current American Psychiatric Association’s recommendation that schizophrenia patients receive antipsychotic drugs for at least the first year after diagnosis.

“There is a lack of good-quality evidence to support a conclusion that long-term harm results from short-term postponement of medication in early episode schizophrenia,” Bola said.

His analyzation of six studies regarding treatment of first and second-episode schizophrenia patients will be published in April.

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 23 Mar 2006
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Cox, H. (2006). Is Drug Treament for Early Psychosis Necessary?. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 14, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2006/03/23/is-drug-treament-for-early-psychosis-necessary/

 

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