Finding Your Way with Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a complex disorder and is not well understood. However, researchers believe that a combination of genetics and environment contributes to its development. Problems with certain naturally occurring brain chemicals, such as neurotransmitters called dopamine and glutamate, may also be contributors. Current treatment options for schizophrenia include a range of different antipsychotic medications.

Research is underway on a study drug for individuals who still experience symptoms despite treatment with antipsychotic medications.

These studies are evaluating the effectiveness of the study drug, valbenazine, compared to a placebo on symptoms of schizophrenia including hallucinations and confused thoughts. Placebos are made of a substance that looks just like the study drug being tested, but they contain no active ingredients.