Symptoms of schizophrenia respond to both pharmacological and therapeutic treatment.
Psychotherapeutic: Therapeutic treatments often involve individual therapy and social skills training. These sessions teach kids the coping mechanisms and communication skills that will help them go to school and socialize with their peers. Cognitive behavioral therapy is also commonly recommended to help children manage their symptoms; it’s been shown to reduce both severity of symptoms and the risk of relapse.Family therapy also helps ensure steady treatment and helps family members learn coping strategies. It is very important for parents to address the problems posed by a child with schizophrenia consistently and limit emotional outbursts in the home. It is well-documented that symptoms of schizophrenia improve for children living in a stable environment.
Pharmacological: Anti-psychotic medication is key to treating schizophrenia. Anti-psychotics are strong medications that are very safe when managed well. It is important to work closely with your child’s psychiatrist and other doctors to monitor medications and minimize side effects. Your doctor might also recommend anti-anxiety medication or antidepressants to treat symptoms of schizophrenia.