Rachel (assimbya) wrote in little_details,

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Drugs Used to Treat Schizophrenia

Setting: Upstate New York, the present
Searches tried: Various combinations of schizophrenia, drugs, and side effects.

So, I have a character who is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and, after a suicide attempt, is involutarily committed to a psychiatric hospital.

What drugs would be given to her to begin with, and about how often would she need to take them? (She's a teenager, if that helps) What side effects would said drugs have? If the drug didn't reduce her syptoms, what would be done? Would the dosage be increased, or would they try switching her to a different drug?

And, if she refused to take the drugs, what would be done? I assumed that she would be forced fed them - is that indeed the case?
Tags: ~psychology & psychiatry (misc)

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