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Latest Schizophrenia Drug Studies: One Size Does Not Fit All

March 1, 2007

The American Journal of Psychiatry has published two studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) on the treatment of schizophrenia.

The latest findings provide two important guideposts.

First,choices exist among medications. One size does not fit all. Second, medication alone is not enough to overcome the illness. Medications reduce symptoms, but no difference exists between medications in moving beyond modest improvement to restoration of interpersonal and community living skills.

Individuals and families living with schizophrenia have known these facts for years. The scientific community is finally catching up with them. The research also provides guidance to policymakers, including legislators.

Read the full statement on the studies by NAMI medical director, Ken Duckworth, MD.

Read the story in USA Today

NIMH Press Release

American Journal of Psychiatry articles