Promising New Approach Helps Curb Early Schizophrenia in Teens and Young Adults

Posted by Alexandra Kielty - On August 07, 2014 (EST)

The Washington Post's published the following front page story on August 7, 2014: "Promising New Approach Helps Curb Early Schizophrenia in Teens, Young Adults." The program involves an intensive two-year course of socialization, family therapy, job and school assistance, and, in some cases, antipsychotic medication. What makes the treatment unique is that it focuses deeply on family relationships, and occurs early in the disease, often before a diagnosis.

So far, the results have been striking: In Portland, Maine, where the treatment was pioneered, the rate of hospitalizations for first psychotic episodes fell by 34 percent over a six-year period, according to a March study. And just last month, a peer-reviewed study published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin found that young people undergoing the treatment at six sites around the country were more likely to be in school or working than adolescents who were not in the program. The research was funded by a $17 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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