b'How is schizophrenia treated? While there is no cure for schizophrenia, it is a treatable and manageable illness. However, people sometimes stop treatment because of medication side effects, lack of insight, disorganized thinking, or because they feel the medication is no longer working. People with schizophrenia who stop taking prescribed medication risk relapsing into an acute psychotic episode. Its important to realize that the needs of the person with schizophrenia may change over time. Below are examples of supports and interventions: Hospitalization: Individuals who experience acute symptoms of schizophrenia may require intensive treatment, including hospitalization. Hospitalization is necessary to treat severe delusions or hallucinations, serious suicidal thoughts, an inability to care for oneself or severe problems with drugs or alcohol. Hospitalization may be essential to protect people from hurting themselves or others. Medication: The primary medications for schizophrenia are antipsychotics. Antipsychotics help relieve the positive symptoms of schizophrenia by helping to correct an imbalance in the chemicals that enable brain cells to communicate with each other. As with drug treatments for other illnesses, many patients with mental illnesses may need to try several different antipsychotic medications before they find the one, or the combination of medications, that works best for them.Mental Health Concerns191'