There is a misperception by some members of the public that persons suffering from psychosis can be dangerous. This negative view may be due to old Hollywood movies or alarming newspaper headlines. In fact, very few crimes have been perpetrated by individuals with severe mental illness, and if they are, effective treatment could have prevented any acts of aggression by someone who suffers from paranoid delusions or hallucinations.
The vast majority of persons with psychiatric brain disorders are not dangerous, and in fact are more likely to be victims rather than perpetrators of crime. But what does it take to convince individuals who need psychiatric medical care to get treatment, and to help them remain in treatment?
The CURESZ Foundation believes that the central issue is to deliver the highest quality, evidence-based care to those who need it, in order to help them to recover from their illness, and return to school or work or volunteering, so they can have a meaningful and productive life. Once they engage in the right treatment plan and return to their baseline, it is vital that they will adhere fully to their treatment for the long-term.
Unfortunately, some physicians still use old antipsychotic medications introduced decades ago in the 1950s and 60s, which may have intolerable and serious adverse reactions. Unable to live with such side effects, many patients decide to go off medication and become afraid to try other medications, assuming that all medications will have similar side effects. In some cases, they may decide never to take psychiatric medication again.
In other cases, treatment may enable a person to improve enough to leave the hospital, but the individual remains functionally disabled. Thus, controlling the acute symptoms and getting discharged from the hospital does not mean that the treatment is completed.
Severely mentally ill persons discharged from hospitals often remain in a state of incomplete recovery for years. They cannot work, volunteer or enjoy a meaningful life because they are not well enough and continue to have residual symptoms. Oftentimes, some effective but underutilized medications that can help them recover completely are not used or even offered as an option to the patient.
The CURESZ Foundation provides education about underutilized and cutting-edge medications and treatments for schizophrenia and offers medical updates about alternative treatments to the public, as well as clinicians and treatment teams. We want you to learn about treatments that may radically change your life, but which are not being discussed or offered to you.