What Is Best Medication For Paranoid Schizophrenia

Question

Asked by Diane Olsen

What Is Best Medication For Paranoid Schizophrenia

My son was diagnoised with paranoid schizophrenia approx 7 years ago, he will be 26 next month. He has had two physcotic breaks in the last three years, the drugs don't appear to be working what do you recommend?

Answer

Hello Diane Olsen,

Though your son has had a couple breaks in the last three years, there is hope and that doesn't mean he will always have breaks throughout his life.

Hopefully your son has a good psychiatrist who is willing to explore drug options if the one your son is on truly isn't working. Because if the drug isn't working, your son [your SON] has to communicate this to his psychiatrist.

At a NAMI convention in Washington, D.C. three years ago I attended an Ask the Doctor session where the psychiatrist suggested that partial compliance or non-compliance is indeed the case in the majority of instances where the drugs aren't working. Because even if someone is having symptoms, he or she could have effective coping techniques for dealing with the symptoms, and these techniques could make the difference in the patient's life quality and functionality, so that the patient can cope better while his or her doctor works at the same time to find the drug or combination of drugs that will work.

Read Robin Cunningham's SharePosts here about his Coping Skills, which are up to skill number 11. He has talked about the fact that for the first 10 years he didn't get relief from his positive symptoms, even though he was on medication. His psychiatrist tried every new drug as it came out, until the ultimate drug was found to take away Robin's symptoms.

The truth is, the medication might not be working, that's also a possibility; however, to give up on treatment isn't the solution. Your son has his whole life ahead of him, and new drugs are being researched every year, so if he works with his psychiatrist, takes the meds he's on now every day as prescribed and develops coping skills, he will be able to ride out the time spent exploring new drug options.

There is hope. Recovery isn't quick or easy; however, it is possible.

Best wishes,

Chris

Answered by Christina Bruni