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Guide to Assessment and Treatment

Guide to Assessment and Treatment

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Guide to Assessment and Treatment
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Schizophrenia:
The Journey to Recovery
 A Consumer and Family Guide to Assessment and Treatment
 
Note to Readers:
 Anecdotal stories have been included in this booklet to help you in understanding schizophrenia. While the situations are true, no real names have been used in orderto protect individual privacy.Copyright 2007Canadian Psychiatric AssociationSchizophrenia Society of Canada2nd printing (2008) funded by theCanadian Psychiatric Association
The Canadian Psychiatric Association and the Schizophrenia Society of Canada gratefully acknowledge funding for the development of this publication from thePublic Health Agency of Canada.
 
Schizophrenia:
The Journey to Recovery
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Table of Contents
Introduction ............................................................................................................ 2 What is schizophrenia ........................................................................................... 3Causes of schizophrenia ....................................................................................... 3Symptoms of schizophrenia................................................................................. 3Stages of schizophrenia ........................................................................................ 4
Part 1: The Assessment Process
..................................................................... 5CPA general principles for the assessment of schizophrenia ......................... 5 Assessing for schizophrenia ................................................................................. 5“First episode” of psychosis ................................................................................ 8Chances of a relapse .............................................................................................. 9Risk of suicide ........................................................................................................ 9Suicidal behaviours ..............................................................................................10Get help as soon as possible ..............................................................................10Substance use and abuse .....................................................................................10Physical health monitoring and recovery .........................................................11Support of family and friends ............................................................................11CPA recommendations for the assessment of schizophrenia ......................12
Part 2: Treatment and Medications
.........................................................13CPA general principles for pharmacotherapy ..................................................13Main medication treatment strategies ...............................................................14 Antipsychotic medications ..................................................................................16Side effects and their management ....................................................................16Brand name drugs versus generic drugs ...........................................................17Special medication considerations for women ................................................18CPA principles for phase-speci
c medication treatment ...............................18CPA recommendations for medication treatment ..........................................20
Part 3: Moving Towards Recovery
...........................................................21CPA general principles for psychosocial interventions ..................................21Keys for successful recovery ..............................................................................22Peer support and self-help ..................................................................................23Diet, nutrition and exercise.................................................................................24Education and employment ...............................................................................24Skills training .........................................................................................................25Cognitive-behavioural therapy ...........................................................................25

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