Sandra Steingard writes in Community Psychiatrist about Lex Wunderink’s study, published in the August JAMA Psychiatry, which found that people who discontinued medication have much higher rates of functional remission and full recovery. She also notes the work of Martin Harrow, Timothy Crow (who found in the ’80s “the disquieting conclusion that the benefits of active neuroleptics in reducing relapse may exact a price in occupational (employment) terms” in the long run), and Gleeson & colleagues, who found that intensive intervention to improve adherence produced no improvement in relapse and worse vocational outcomes.
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