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Diagnosis: Schizophrenia, Second Edition, second editionA Comprehensive Resource for Consumers, Families, and Helping Professionals$
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Rachel Miller and Susan Mason

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231150415

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231150415.001.0001

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Coping with Other Symptoms and Side Effects

Coping with Other Symptoms and Side Effects

(p.130) 11 Coping with Other Symptoms and Side Effects
Diagnosis: Schizophrenia, Second Edition, second edition

Rachel Miller

Susan E. Mason

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses some coping strategies for symptoms and side effects of schizophrenia outside of those discussed in the previous chapter. Common symptoms include anxiety, problems with concentration, disorganization, as well as weight gain. Sometimes these symptoms are side effects of the antipsychotic medication, therefore it is important to keep the doctor informed of any distressing side effects. Most of the time, however, the problems associated with side effects will simply fade away given enough patience and treatments or therapy. Other symptoms to take note of include obsessive-compulsive symptoms, some metabolic or cardiovascular side effects, and a tendency to ruminate or even develop violent thoughts—all of which, of course, must be reported to the doctor for immediate treatment.

Keywords:   coping strategies, common symptoms, anxiety, concentration, disorganization, weight gain, side effects, antipsychotic medication, therapy, obsessive-compulsive symptoms

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