A Tough Hill to Climb
Ammu Joseph
FALLEN, STANDING: MY LIFE AS A SCHIZOPHRENIST by Reshma Valliappan Women Unlimited, Delhi, 2015, 274 pp., 325
December 2015, volume 39, No 12

More than two million people in the United States have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and the treatment for most of them mainly involves strong doses of antipsychotic drugs that blunt hallucinations and delusions but can come with unbearable side effects, like severe weight gain or debilitating tremors. Now, results of a landmark government-funded study call that approach into question. The findings, from by far the most rigorous trial to date conducted in the United States, concluded that schizophrenia patients who received smaller doses of antipsychotic medication and a bigger emphasis on one-on-one talk therapy and family support made greater strides in recovery over the first two years of treatment than patients who got the usual drugfocused care. —— ‘Talk Therapy Found to Ease Schizophrenia’, Benedict Carey, The New York Times, 20 October 2015

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