Major NIMH Research Project to Test Approaches to Altering the Course of Schizophrenia: Recovery Act Funds Will Support First Phase of Project

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The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is launching a large-scale research project to explore whether using early and aggressive treatment, individually targeted and integrating a variety of different therapeutic approaches, will reduce the symptoms and prevent the gradual deterioration of functioning that is characteristic of chronic schizophrenia. The Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) project is being funded by NIMH with additional support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). RAISE is a model example of how money from the Recovery Act can accelerate science related to public health problems and potentially benefit those citizens most in need.
Press Release: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2009/major-nimh-research-project-to-test-approaches-to-altering-the-course-of-schizophrenia.shtml

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  1. It is my opinion that aggressive drug treatment is not the answer. What is the answer is the convalescent period and ongoing life that people with schizophrenia lead. On the whole they are very much neglected and housed in the community in dreary, unmotivating houses and residences which would depress and leave anyone unmotivated and dull of wit. Please, please will someone recognise this need for convalescent care and personal attention. Everyone needs personal attention and people with schizophrenia need sincere friendly caring to try to avoid the deterioration that happens because of lack of ongoing care and effective treatment. Early intervention clinics are great, but my concern is “What happens at the end of the specified 2 or 3 years of care?”. It’s like people fall off the end of the world at that point. There is no ongoing care procedure and so the results of early intervention are compromised.

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  3. Rose Schmiedeler says:

    Diane Froggatt is right on target concerning the treatment of chronic schizophrenia. More support needs to be given to families who have not deserted their loved ones afflicted with this destavating disease. I wish the NIMH would factor the family into their projects and AARA funding to those who care for their family members with chronic schizophrenia.

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