Antipsychotics – new issues and research on long-term treatment

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Download: Joanna Moncrieff presentation from London event: A Disorder For Everyone (June 2017).

Conclusions drawn from this presentation: Antipsychotics are psychoactive drugs, which alter normal mental processes. Antipsychotic-induced alterations may reduce the intensity of acute psychotic symptoms, and emotional distress and disturbance. Antipsychotics may or may not reduce relapse rates in the long-term- little evidence beyond one year. Antipsychotic-induced alterations may impair functioning and quality of life with long-term treatment (as well as well-recognised, serious adverse effects). Risk:benefit for long-term treatment ratio is unclear for many people!