Management of schizophrenia in adults
Schizophrenia is a serious brain disease that alters an individual’s perception, thought, affect and behaviour. In a systematic review, the incidence rate was noted to be 15.2 per 100,000 (range of 7.7 to 43.0 per 100,000) and higher in males, urban and migrant population. Although there is effective biopsychosocial treatment available, substantial number of people with schizophrenia remains undiagnosed and untreated. Duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) is described as the time period from onset of the first psychiatric symptom to initiation of antipsychotic treatment. In the National Mental Health Registry Report, the mean and median DUP was 28.7 months and 12 months respectively. Males had shorter DUP compared to female. ( copied from article ) .