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Attitudes toward medication change among chronically impaired psychiatric patients.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
American Journal of Psychiatry
0002-953X
Publisher
American Psychiatric Publishing
Publication Date
Volume
138
Issue
6
Pages
801–803
Identifiers
PMID: 6113768
Source
Medline

Abstract

As the hazards of long-term use of psychotropic drugs become more apparent, drug holidays and medication discontinuance are increasingly being implemented. Chronically ill patients are often reluctant to cooperate with such treatment recommendations. The authors questioned 52 chronically impaired patients taking neuroleptics about their attitudes toward medication changes and their fantasies about the results of discontinuing their medication. Although they were seemingly compliant, the majority of the patients anticipated severe negative consequences.

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