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Patients' and Caregivers' Adaptation to Improvement in Schizophrenia
Susan E. Mason; Susan Gingerich; Samuel G. Siris
Psychiatric Services 1990; doi:
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This research was supported in part by National Institute of Mental Health grant MH-34309 and National Institute on Drug Abuse grant DA-05039.

Hillside Hospital, a Division of Long Island Jewish Medical Center, P.O. Box 38, Glen Oaks, New York 11004

Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in Philadelphia

Hillside Hospital

1990 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Treatment of poorly functioning schizophrenic patients with antidepressant medication may lead to a relatively rapid increase in their level of activity, autonomy, and assertiveness. Caregivers who had been accustomed to the patients' more blunted affect and docile behavior may perceive this change as an increase in hostility. Patients who do not know how to express anger and other strongfeelings appropriately may also find changes in their level of assertiveness to be stressful. The authors illustrate these problems with case examples and suggest that psychoeducation, regular contact with the treatment team, and training in communication can help both patients and caregivers adjust to the patient's improved condition.

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