A schizophrenia study from the 1970s showed those treated with psychosocial care and limited use of antipsychotics had a lower relapse rate and earlier discharge date than those who received psychiatric treatment-as-usual with a neuroleptic.

More info: 80 young men diagnosed with “schizophrenia” were followed for 3 years.  Those treated without drugs were discharged sooner than participants who received the neuroleptic (chlorpromazine), and only 35% of those treated without drugs experienced relapse within a year of discharge.  45% of those treated with the neuroleptic  experienced relapse. From the source: “This study indicates that among young acute schizophrenic males...

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In the decade before the arrival of Thorazine (a neuroleptic) in asylum medicine (1945 to 1955), about 60% of first-episode schizophrenia patients admitted to a state mental hospitals would be discharged within 18 months.

More info: Researchers from the National Institutes of Mental Health [NIMH] followed first episode psychotic patients admitted to Warren State Hospital in Pennsylvania from 1946-1950.  More than 70% of the individuals who had experienced first-episode psychosis would be living independently in the community three years after initial hospitalization. These patients were not on antipsychotic medication. From the source: “According to...

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