Multiple Medications Associated With Poorer Outcomes

Kermit Cole
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Research from Germany finds that people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective diagnoses given multiple medications – an antipsychotic plus a benzodiazepine or more than one other psychotropic medication – faired more poorly than people given one antipsychotic. The authors note that the direction of causality is not established. It is not known whether multiple medications made people worse or merely fail to help people who were doing worse to do better. Results appear in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]