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Information & Resources for Patients

Living with Psychosis

The treatment of your mental illness is not just something that you hand over to professionals during regular appointments.  You can take the primary role in your recovery by developing the healthy living habits that manage your illness and allow you to enjoy a full life.  These include:

  • Exercising frequently
  • Eating well (see Exploring Food and Mood)
  • Avoiding alcohol and substance use
  • Socializing regularly
  • Managing stress
  • Getting enough sleep.

For more details about these tips, visit Self-Care for Psychosis.

References Campus Mindworks. (n.d.). Self Care. Retrieved from https://campusmindworks.org/help-yourself/self-care/

Looking for more tips/recommendations? See the Dealing with Psychosis Toolkit.

Local Support Groups

  • University of Michigan Depression Center, Program for Risk Evaluation and Prevention Clinic-  The PREP clinic evaluates individuals who may be at-risk of developing psychosis (attenuated psychosis syndrome) and those who have experienced their first episode of psychosis, and offer recommendations based on presentation.
  • First Episode Psychosis clinics in Michigan- Various clinics in Michigan provide evaluation and treatment for individuals experiencing symptoms of psychosis.
  • Washtenaw County Community mental Health- Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH) provides mental health services for adults suffering from severe mental illness, children with a severe emotional disturbance, and individuals with developmental disability.
  • St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor- St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is a teaching hospital which provides various clinical services including behavioral and psychiatric services.
  • UM Multifamily Group for Psychosis – Multifamily Group for Psychosis is a problem solving group, where individuals and their family members can discuss ways to overcome challenges faced due to psychosis and related concerns. For more information, visit the PREP Clinical Care page.
  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer - NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a unique, experiential learning program for people living with a mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.
  • NAMI Young Adults Support Group – NAMI young adults support group is open to anyone up to age 30 with a mental illness diagnosis. No registration required.
  • NAMI Family-2-Family Educational Program - Family 2 Family is a 12-week program that helps family members with an ill loved-ones, offered by National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), the University of Michigan, Community Support and Treatment Services (CSTS), the local Community Mental Health agency, and the Veterans Hospital of Ann Arbor.
  • Hearing Voices Network – Ann Arbor Branch - Hearing Voices Network offers information, support and understanding to people who hear voices and those who support them.

Online Support Programs

Research/Treatment Programs in Other Areas

Education, Information, & News

Helpful Websites

Advocacy

Books

  • Back to life, Back to Normality: Volume 2: CBT Informed Recovery for Families with Relatives with Schizophrenia and other Psychoses Kindle edition (2018) by Douglas Turkington and Helen M. Spencer.
  • Brave New Brain: Conquering Mental Illness in the Era of Genome (2004) by Nancy Andreason.
  • Tell me I’m Here: One’s family experience of schizophrenia (1992) by Anne Deveson.
  • Beyond Schizophrenia: Living and working with a serious mental illness (2016) by Marjorie L. Baldwin.
  • Understanding schizophrenia: A Practical Guide for Patients, Families, and Health Care Professionals (2015) by Ravinder Reddy and Matcheri S. Keshavan.
  • The Center Cannot Hold: My journey through madness (2007) by Elyn Saks.
  • The First Episode of Psychosis, A Guide for Patients and Their Families (2009) by Michael T. Compton and Beth Broussard.
  • The Collected Schizophrenias (2019) by Esme Weijun Wang.
  • The Memory Place, a Memoir (2011) by Mira Bartok.
  • Conquering schizophrenia: A father, his son, and medical breakthrough (1998) by Peter Wyden.
  • I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help: How to Help Someone with Mental Illness Accept Treatment (2010) by Xavier Amador
  • Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Patients, and Providers, 6th ed. (2013) by E. Fuller Torrey
  • The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia: Helping Your Loved One Get the Most Out of Life (2006) by Kim Mueser and Susan Gingerich
  • Promoting Recovery from First Episode Psychosis: A Guide for Families (2009) by Sabrina Baker and Lisa Martens
  • The First Episode of Psychosis: A Guide for Patients and Their Families (2009) by Michael T. Compton and Beth Broussard
  • If Your Adolescent Has Schizophrenia: An Essential Resource for Parents (Adolescent Mental Health Initiative) (2006) by Raquel E. Gur and Ann Braden Johnson
  • How to Live with a Mentally Ill Person: A Handbook of Metally Ill Strategies (1996) by Christine Adamec
  • Getting Your Life Back Together When You Have Schizophrenia (2002) by Roberta Temes
  • Schizophrenia Revealed: From Neurons to Social Interactions (2003) by Michael Foster Green
  • Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia: A Step-by-Step Guide (1997) by Alan S. Bellack, Kim T. Mueser, Susan Gingerich, and Julie Agresta
  • Diagnosis: Schizophrenia (2002) by Rachel Miller and Susan E. Mason
  • Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia (2005) by Pamela Spiro Wagner and Carolyn S. Spiro
  • Recovered, Not Cured: A Journey Through Schizophrenia (2005) by Richard McLean
  • Room For J: A Family Struggles With Schizophrenia (2004) by Daniel S. Hanson
  • Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings (1998) by Clea Simon
  • A Guide to Special Education Advocacy: What Parents, Clinicians and Advocates Need to Know (2009) by Matthew Cohen
  • Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness (2006) by Pete Earley

Information & Resources for Clinicians

Clinical Psychology Training

One of the reasons that treatments such as CBT for psychosis have not become widely available is the lack of specialized training in this area.  Recognizing this problem, one of the goals of PREP has been to assist in training the next generation of professionals.  PREP hosted a visit from Dr. Barbara Walsh from Yale University to conduct a 2-day training in the specialized APS assessment, known as the Structured Interview for Prodromal Syndrome (SIPS).  Dr. Ivy Tso also offers on a regular basis a clinical practicum/rotation in PREP for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in Clinical Psychology. The training focuses on assessment and differential diagnosis, as well as CBT for adolescents and young adults with APS or psychotic disorders. For more information about training opportunities, please contact Dr. Tso (ivytso@med.umich.edu) directly.

Screening for Early Psychosis in Primary Care Settings

Learn about the fundamental characteristics of psychosis, how to identify youth at risk of developing schizophrenia, and the evidence based, clinical interventions that are available.

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