Val of the Sarcastic Vals (sarcasticval) wrote in little_details,
Val of the Sarcastic Vals

Schizophrenia and Anti-psychotic Medication

Greetings! Everyone here was such a big help the last time that I asked a question so I figured that I'd pick your collective brains once more.

My character is an 18-year-old psychic who, due to the nature of his powers, has been misdiagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and institutionalized for the majority of his life. While I've found quite a bit of info about schizophrenia via google, wikipedia, and the like, it's all been rather generalized, and very little of it has focused on the results of treating the disorder via medication. I'm hoping this is what you guys can help me with, as I have oodles of questions regarding anti-psychotics and their effect on the body.

First and foremost, are anti-psychotics things that one would take individually; that is, not to be mixed with any other type of medication? Or are they prescribed in conjunction with other kinds of drugs? Would a person take more than one type of anti-psychotic at a time? And what are the negative side effects that one would encounter while on these drugs?

One of the things I'm most interested to discover is the effect of anti-psychotic drugs on a person with schizophrenia verses a person without. If a "normal" person is medicated what would happen to them? Would they react the same way, or would the drugs have a different effect?

As always I appreciate any help you guys can throw in my direction. Thanks a bunch!
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