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Treatments for mothers with schizophrenia

Why do mothers with schizophrenia need specialised treatments?

Mothers who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia face challenges in accessing and maintaining treatment programs, particularly when inpatient care is required. Mothers with dependent children may be less likely to seek treatments for their illness due to a fear of losing custody of their children, or due to difficulties in finding alternative care should hospitalisation be required. They may also find it difficult to properly adhere to any treatment programs due to the demands of childcare. Mothers have been shown to be particularly at risk of relapse in the months immediately following child birth and specialised programs could help to support them and their babies during this time.

What is the evidence for treatments tailored to mothers with schizophrenia?

Low quality evidence is unclear as to the benefits of specialised programs tailored to mothers with schizophrenia who have dependent children. Review authors conclude that such interventions are lacking and that flexible treatment approaches that incorporate support networks including childcare and family involvement are highly recommended.

Also see the parenthood topic and the pharmaceutical treatments during pregnancy and breastfeeding topic.

April 2016

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