Schizophrenia is a severe psychiatric disorder. A clinical staging model is proposed to help clinicians with treatment planning. Antipsychotic medication in conjunction with psychosocial interventions, such as psychoeducation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and cognitive rehabilitation should be provided according to patient`s individual needs. Supported employment is a feasible option to some patients. More attention should be given to patients’ physical health and interventions promoting healthy life habits (reduction of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use, healthy eating and sleep, weight control, and appropriate exercise) should be provided.
Raimo K.R. Salokangas (Chair)