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Understanding NICE guidance
Information for people who use NHS services


Schizophrenia
NICE `clinical This booklet is about the care and treatment of people with schizophrenia
guidelines' advise in the NHS in England and Wales. It explains guidance (advice) from NICE
the NHS on caring (the National Institute for Health and…

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Contents
Your care 3
Schizophrenia 4
What should happen when I first see a healthcare professional? 5
What treatment should I be offered when I first become ill? 7
What should happen if my symptoms get worse? 8
How can I stay well? 12
What are my rights regarding my…

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Your care
Your treatment and care should take into account your personal needs and
preferences, and you have the right to be fully informed and to make
decisions in partnership with your healthcare team. To help with this, your
healthcare team should give you information you can understand and that…

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Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a condition that affects a person's mental state, including
their thoughts, mood and behaviour. The condition varies from person
to person but the main symptoms are called `psychotic' symptoms.
These are:
· hearing voices and sometimes seeing things that are not really there
(called hallucinations)
· having…

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What should happen when I first see a
healthcare professional?
If you think you have symptoms of schizophrenia, it is important to get
help as early as possible. Because hallucinations and delusions can feel
real, you may not realise there is anything wrong even when the symptoms
are quite severe.…

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All people first experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia or with psychotic
symptoms should be offered treatment and support at an early
intervention service. This service should provide a range of treatments,
including medication and psychological treatment.
If you want to ask for a second opinion from another healthcare
professional about being…

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What treatment should I be offered when I
first become ill?
You should first be offered `antipsychotic medication' in a form that Some treatments
you can swallow (tablets or liquid). may not be suitable
Your healthcare professional should give you detailed information about for you, depending
the medications available, how…

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What should happen if my symptoms get worse?
If your symptoms get worse and are distressing (called an acute episode),
your healthcare team should offer you a range of treatments, including
medication and psychological treatment.
You may receive care at home from a crisis resolution and home treatment
team, an…

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Psychological treatment
As well as medication you should be offered a psychological treatment If you have talked
called cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This will involve meeting to your healthcare
with a therapist on a one-to-one basis for at least 16 sessions. If you
team, and you
live with your family…

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Questions about treatment
· What are the advantages and disadvantages of having
this treatment?
· Please tell me what the treatment will involve.
· How will the treatment help me? What effect will it have on
my symptoms and everyday life? What sort of improvements
might I expect?
· How…

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