Supplement: Beyond Drugs

Beyond Drugs By Anne Harding People with schizophrenia need support systems, not just medications, to get well and stay healthy. ARTICLE EXTRAS The Treatments A Troubled History First-Generation Antipsychotic Drugs The Atypical Atypical? The next generation? The Lessons of CATIE Second-Generation Antipsychotic Drugs Nonmedication Therapies Recovery from schizophrenia is much like being rescued from an island years after being shi

Anne Harding
Dec 1, 2007
Beyond Drugs
By Anne Harding
People with schizophrenia need support systems, not just medications, to get well and stay healthy.

Recovery from schizophrenia is much like being rescued from an island years after being shipwrecked, says Jeffrey Lieberman, chair of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. "You've been away for a long time and you're now coming back," he explains. "People have to get reacclimated and reoriented and they need help in doing so."

"Many never get the chance to come back," he adds. "If they're fortunate enough to have that opportunity, we don't necessarily make it easy in terms of how they can be reacclimated and reintroduced to a normal lifestyle in...