Neurological Differences among patients of Schizophrenia Associated with Long-Term Use of Antipsychotic Drugs

Author: Sundas Ijaz

Supervisor: Ms. Afshi Yahya Khan

Degree: BS

Year: 2005-2009

University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the patients of Schizophrenic with long term use of antipsychotic drugs have greater neurological differences as compared to those patients who have used antipsychotic drugs for a shorter period of time. A total sample of 70 indoor and outdoor patients was taken 35 males and 35 females from Punjab Institute of Mental Health and Fountain House Lahore. Quasi Experimental Design was used. The instruments consisted of Demographic VariableQuestionnaire, Diagnostic Questionnaire for Psychological Disorders, Bender Gestal Test, (Pascal & Suttell, 1951) and Benton Visual Retention Test (Sivan. 1992). Theresults revealed that the group with long term uses of antipsychotic drugs showed marked deficits in both tests. Moreover, the participants did make the common errors which are made by psychotic adults as described in  Bender  Gestalt  Test. 

Keywords: Schizophrenia, Antipsychotic Drugs, Neurological Differences.

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