In the 1950s what was the main treatment used for schizophrenia worldwide?
I'm doing a seminar on the differences on the treatment of Schizophrenia comparing it from now in 2007 and in the 1950s. Also wanting to know about how those suffering from schizophrenia were treated by others as well as medically.
i would say that in north america , at least the main treatment for schizophrenia, was institutionilaztion, and medications, namely thorazines, and haldol. chloropromazine was a widely used drug, then stelezine. these drugs worked not too bad, but were not effective for everyone. the side effects were not pleasant and a lot of people would have to take medication, to help ease the side effects. i worked in a large psychiatric hospital in the middle 60's, in canada. in the 50's, there other than medication, was other treatments were used. hospitals tried a treatment known as continuous water treatment, were patients were put in a bathtub, similar to a whirlpool, and treated with warm water to help settle them down, it did not work. also, insulin shock therapy was used, but shortly discontinued, as it was dangerous and did not work. on occasion, but not often there were some labotomies perfermed , but was abandoned in the early 1950's. ect was also used, but more for people with severe agitation, and depression. and actually, although a lot of peope think this was barabaric, it actually worked, and i have seen it work. if you had schizophrenia, in the 50's, you had a better chance of ending up in a psychiatric hospital, as oposed to returning home.. to day there are many people living with schizophrenia, that are functiong well in the community. the difference between then and now, is that the medications are more effective, less side effects and longer acting, such as injectibale medications. the attitude is much better and there is more support, such as community support groups, that offer housing, followup and support once a person leaves hospital. during my past 31 years working in in psychiatric hospital, and in the community with people with schizophrenia, i have seen other people try 'treatment', on these people. i have seen people take out their loved ones out of hospital, taken them off their medications, tried, religious support, herbal therapy, love, but all got sick again once they got off their medications. today a person can live reasonably sypmtom free, as opposed to the 50's hope this helps my spell check does not seem to work, so sorry if there are spelling errors.
Electro Convulsive Therapy...it's still used today, but nowhere near to the extent that it was used 60 years ago.
Electro-shock therapy was most widely in use during the 1950's for psychiatric illness.
In the 1950s, first-generation antipsychotics were introduced.
There's no real change in the treatment of patients. They were sorely abused then, and they are sorely abused now.
Theodore Kaczynski, the unibomber, chose life imprisonment over treatment in a loonie bin. Kaczynski did that because he knew there were limits on how cruel prison guards would be, but that there is no limit to the cruelty of psychiatric "treatment."
Electro shock therapy, or electro convulsive therapy. Often heavy medication was used in conjunction with that. Try this site for more info
my mother is a psychologist
Thorzine, haldol, first generation antipsychotics. There are new ones today, and contrary to another post, there are people with schizo who function quite well in society providing they consistently medicate.
Gotta say it, if you are out of high school using Y/A for info, your source sucks. Do some real research.
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