But I Was A Victim, Right?

By Cohen Miles-Rath | Oct. 17, 2018 When you become physically ill, there is a good chance you’ll receive ‘get well’ cards, flowers or something indicating a caring community supporting you. When I became severely ill, there was little support. Other than some family and friends, barely anyone knew. It stayed quiet, shoved behind walls similar to those … Continue reading But I Was A Victim, Right?

Personal Story: My Parents’ Support Shaped My Recovery

by Max E. Guttman, LCSW My parents have been there during the darkest moments of my recovery and during the most triumphant. From the very beginning, my parents have been present with me in my health and healing, and if my prayers are answered, they will be with me until the very end. My parents … Continue reading Personal Story: My Parents’ Support Shaped My Recovery

Long-term Antipsychotic Treatment is Associated with Increased Survival.

20-Year Nationwide Follow-Up Study on Discontinuation of Antipsychotic Treatment in First-Episode Schizophrenia Jari Tiihonen M.D., Ph.D. Antti Tanskanen Phil.Lic. Heidi Taipale Ph.D. Published Online:6 Apr 2018https://doi.org/10.1176/ appi.ajp.2018.17091001 Abstract Objective: It is generally believed that after the first episode of schizophrenia, the risk of relapse decreases with time in patients who are stabilized. Many treatment guidelines recommend that after … Continue reading Long-term Antipsychotic Treatment is Associated with Increased Survival.

Early Psychosis Programs Are Changing Lives—But What If You Can’t Find One?

By Darcy Gruttadaro and Irene Casey | Jun. 11, 2018   Many people don’t know much about psychosis and schizophrenia, and what they do know likely comes from negative stereotypes. It may feel safer to ignore symptoms of hearing voices and seeing things that aren’t there and hope that they go away, rather than consider a mental health diagnosis—especially considering that … Continue reading Early Psychosis Programs Are Changing Lives—But What If You Can’t Find One?

Experiencing A Psychotic Break Doesn’t Mean You’re Broken

By Laura Greenstein | Mar. 12, 2018 Each year, about 100,000 youth and young adults experience psychosis for the first time. They might see or hear things that aren’t there. They may believe things that aren’t true. It’s like “having a nightmare while you’re awake,” describes Elyn Saks, a legal scholar and mental health-policy advocate. Unfortunately, when someone starts having these frightening experiences, doctors … Continue reading Experiencing A Psychotic Break Doesn’t Mean You’re Broken

The Importance Of Getting The Right Treatment For You

By Mary Giliberti, J.D. | Oct. 06, 2017 NAMI is here to raise awareness about mental illness. We talk about different conditions, how to advocate, why stigma is a problem—but there’s another aspect of awareness that is critically important for us to talk about: services and treatment, as well as timing. We are learning from research that treatment’s … Continue reading The Importance Of Getting The Right Treatment For You

Outreach And Engagement For Early Psychosis

Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) is an evidence-based approach that involves a set of procedures that capitalize on strengths, maximize resilience and promote recovery. The goal of CT-R is to strengthen a person’s “adaptive mode” (when a person is at their best) and neutralize or diminish their “patient mode” (when they are struggling with stress, access to energy and motivation).

Higher Death Rate Among Youth with First Episode Psychosis

NIH-funded study highlights need for increased early intervention programs April 6, 2017 • Press Release A new study shows that young people experiencing first episode psychosis have a much higher death rate than previously thought. Researchers analyzed data on approximately 5,000 individuals aged 16-30 with commercial health insurance who had received a new psychosis diagnosis, … Continue reading Higher Death Rate Among Youth with First Episode Psychosis

Personal Story: My New Life

By 2013 my life was in shambles. I had self-destructed every single aspect of my life. Failed college attempt after failed college attempt had racked up thousands of dollars in student loan debt which I had no way of paying back. I began to lose who I was. There were days that I woke up and couldn’t remember who I was. I became the mental illness because it was so prevalent in my life that I believed it was who I was.