Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia: Treatments
Nowadays we tend to think of the various symptoms of schizophrenia as falling into two groups. There are the positive symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations and then there are the negative symptoms such as apathy, lethargy and social withdrawal. To understand more about how these symptoms affect people with schizophrenia take a look at our advice sheet on understanding negative symptoms.
Without a doubt, the advent of the antipsychotic medicines in the 1950’s heralded a new era in the treatment of schizophrenia. About 70 – 80 % of people with schizophrenia who take antipsychotic medication will find that their positive symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations are reduced and in some cases they may disappear altogether.
The first generation of antipsychotics known as typical are very beneficial for the positive symptoms of schizophrenia but have no effect on negative symptoms.