Mental and physical health balance in treatment-resistant schizophrenia

Treatment-resistant schizophrenia can be very difficult to manage and a significant number of patients go through many different antipsychotic combinations with limited success. Physical health side-effects such as diabetes, raised cholesterol levels and cardiovascular problems secondary associated with some antipsychotics may complicate a patient’s treatment and enforce a difficult but necessary change of antipsychotics. Here, the authors discuss the struggle to balance mental and physical health treatments in a patient who has developed type 2 diabetes, related problems from high HbA1c and cardiac issues.

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