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When you are having psychotic episodes that cause you a lot of problems, your doctor or psychiatrist can advise you to treat it pharmacologically (‘with medicine’). Although antipsychotics may sometimes help to get you out of psychosis, they do not solve the underlying causes.

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Logo Jim van Os

Prof. dr. Jim van OsChair Division Neuroscience, Utrecht University Medical Centre. He is also Visiting Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. Jim works at the interface of ‘hard’ brain science, health services research, art and subjective experiences of people with ‘lived experience’ in mental healthcare. 

Jim has been appearing on the Thomson-Reuter Web of Science list of ‘most influential scientific minds of our time’ since 2014. In 2014 he published his book ‘Beyond DSM-5‘, and in 2016 the book ‘Good Mental Health Care’. 

External websites:

  • Medline Plus Information about specific medicines and patient leaflet
  • Mind.org On info about driving and medication

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