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Currently in Sri Lanka, Doctor's Son has Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia - Treatment in Other Country?


#1

From email:

Re: I am a medical doctor from sri Lanka my son diagnosed as treatment resistance schizophrenia i like to know any possible way to send to foreign country to get treatment and rehabilitation pl help me i can spend reasonable money thanks.


#2

Hi,

In the USA and Canada (the areas I’m most familiar with) Clozapine is the medication most commonly used in cases of treatment resistant schizophrenia. More info here:

http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/schizophrenia/treatment-resistant-schizophrenia

ANd I recommend you review the UK Schizophrenia Treatment Guidelines - they are probably the best treatment guidelines in the world:

This might also be of interest:

As far as treatment in another country - as you might suspect, thats complex. First is the issue of travel for someone with schizophrenia. Generally the stress of travel makes things worse - as you can read here:

http://forum.schizophrenia.com/t/traveling-when-you-have-a-serious-mental-illness/57328/

Then comes the issue of where to go for good treatment - that is most cost-effective for you.

Many people in the USA are now traveling to India for medical treatments because they are much less expensive there - but that is for regular surgeries, etc. - not so much for psychiatric treatments to my knowledge.

If you are from out of country - treatment in most Western / More developed countries would have to take place in a private facility (For Profit) - which is VERY EXPENSIVE - even by Developed country cost standards. By very expensive I mean $10,000 to $20,000 per month, if you can get in. Then there is the added cost of the family member who would have to stay nearby.

Here is a older list of the best psychiatric hospitals in the USA:
http://www.schizophrenia.com/sznews/archives/000839.html

Here is the updated list I think:

http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings/psychiatry

In the USA, a good example of this type of treatment center is this one:

http://www.cooperriis.org/
(this one has an excellent reputation - very wholistic I think - good for an example of a facility with a really good program for comparison sake)

and some Smaller residential programs:

http://www.menningerclinic.com/

Lastly,

I recommend you review our Schizophrenia News forum to see the latest development in treatments: