oa South African Family Practice - New therapies in schizophrenia : review article

Volume 46, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Schizophrenia is a serious, chronic illness of the brain that affects approximately 1% of the general population. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) schizophrenia is described as "a disturbance that lasts for at least 6 months and includes at least a month of active-phase symptoms (that is, two or more of the following: delusions, hallucinations, disorganised speech, grossly disorganised or catatonic behavior, negative symptoms)".

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