Treatment efforts aimed at helping patients with schizophrenia take many different forms (from social skills training to antipsychotic medication) and are aimed at many different aspects of the disorder. Some focus on the reduction of symptoms, others are designed to improve the patient’s level of social and occupational functioning, and some are primarily concerned with the provision of housing and support for families.
Which do you consider to be most important?
All of these efforts are expensive. Why do you think it can be difficult to generate public support for community treatment programs that are concerned with helping people who are suffering from psychotic disorders? What can be done to gain public support?