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VIDEO: Integrated care is key to ‘normal’ life with schizophrenia


 

EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM A NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS BRIEFING

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WASHINGTON – Integrated, patient-centered care can help young people with serious mental illness stay productive and find meaning in their lives, according to new data from the RAISE (Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode) studies, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health.

With early intervention and the right medication, a combination of goal-oriented psychotherapy, family psychoeducation, and support for helping people with first-episode psychosis stay in school and work is more effective than standard community-based care, explained Robert Heinssen, Ph.D., director of the division of services and intervention research at NIMH.

This video report explores how primary care and psychiatry can work together to help people with schizophrenia, like Maggie Harrigan, aged 20 years, stay in nursing school and function in society.

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