Using Deplin for SchizophreniaSchizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling mental health disorder. The symptoms of schizophrenia can be classified into three general categories:
- Positive symptoms, which are an excess or distortion of normal function, including:
- Delusions -- believing things that aren't true
- Hallucinations -- seeing or hearing things that aren't really there
- Disordered thinking -- thoughts that are fragmented, disconnected, or nonsensical
- Negative symptoms, which are an absence of normal function, including:
- Difficulty or inability to speak
- Lack of emotion
- Lack of motivation or interest in life
- An inability to experience pleasure
- Lack of desire to form relationships
- Blunted emotional expression
- Cognitive symptoms, such as:
- Problems with attention and concentration
- Poor memory
- Disorganized thinking
- Difficulty expressing thoughts.
The main component of schizophrenia treatment is medication. Medications used to treat schizophrenia are called antipsychotics. Antipsychotic medications help bring biochemical imbalances closer to normal levels, which helps control the troubling symptoms of this condition.
Deplin is not an antipsychotic, and should not be used as the only treatment in people with schizophrenia. It should only be used in combination with antipsychotic medications. Deplin may be particularly helpful for people who are stable on an antipsychotic, but continue to have negative symptoms or cognitive impairment.