There are many treatment options for schizophrenia, but because schizophrenia disorders have many diverse symptoms that are not consistently apparent in people, it is difficult to find the right treatment. Treatment for a common symptom of psychosis is only successful in about 1/3 of cases.


Certain medications help the brain to restore its usual chemical balance. This can help to reduce positive symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions.

Psychological treatments

Psychological treatments can help with some of the life impacts associated with schizophrenia. Family interventions can play a valuable role in treatment and have been shown to help reduce the chance of relapse. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is frequently used for people with schizophrenia and there is increasing evidence suggesting it can reduce positive symptoms.

Early intervention

Treating psychosis early can help prevent future episodes and the development of a chronic disorder. Young people who are displaying early signs of psychosis are of particular interest to both researchers and clinicians.

Community support programs

Support programs often provide information, address accommodation needs, help with finding suitable work, training and education, and link individuals with psychosocial rehabilitation and mutual support groups. Understanding and acceptance by the community is also very important to recovery.