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Hi,is their any non medicine treatment(pills) for schizo,I

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Hi,is their any non medicine treatment(pills) for schizo,I am fed up with the medication due to its side effects.I am 100% cured but my doctor says you must continue taking the med for life as maintenance dose 15mg ablify.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Shirley Schaye replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for contacting Just Answer. If you were diagnosed with schizophrenia and feel better on the medication, then, of course, the medication has helped but one NEVER can be better without medication for schizophrenia. Medication is mandatory. Perhaps you don't like the side effects of the Abilify. There are many other anti-psychotic medications. Speak to your psychiatrist about the different possibilities that exist.


But also please read the links I am sending you.

Elyn Saks JD --- has schizophrenia and is a law professor. It is inspiring.

Read this article

http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/44/6/13.full

Whereas, medication is a must, psychoanalysis changed Elyn Saks' life --- with the medication, of course.

Expert:  Dr. Shirley Schaye replied 3 years ago.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
but doctor Shirley ,,their is no case that exsisit that the patient stop the medication of shizo their must be another solution for this ,,do I must live with this meds for life.
Expert:  Dr. Shirley Schaye replied 3 years ago.
I entered the field of Mental Health in 1962. I have 17 years of degrees and diplomas in mental health post my Bachelor's degree. I worked in many top teaching hospitals ---- No, one Must take medication for life. That doesn't mean that therapy doesn't help. As you can see from the links that I have sent you about Elyn Saks --- she still takes medication AND she was in therapy.

As I said before, you may want to switch from Abilify to another antipsychotic.
I should ask you a question that I didn't before --- Was it a psychiatrist who diagnosed you and medicated you? If not, you should ONLY be diagnosed and medicated by a psychiatrist. Now if schizophrenia is the correct diagnosis then medication is for life. That doesn't mean that it has to be Abilify --- there are other anti-psychotics available. If schizophrenia was the wrong diagnosis, that's a whole other story.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Yes a doctor dignosed me acctuly 3 doctors any way thank you so much
Expert:  Dr. Shirley Schaye replied 3 years ago.
Please do read the link on Elyn Saks. It is so inspiring.
Do see about switching to a different medication if you don't like the side effects of Abilify. I wish you the very best of luck.
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