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Article Review: El-Mallakh, P., & Findlay, J. (2015). Strategies to improve medication adherence in patients with schizophrenia: The role of support services.

Antipsychotic medications are effective in 70% to 80% of individuals with Schizophrenia, yet 50% of these individuals are medication non-adherent (El-Mallakh & Findlay, 2015). Medication adherence is associated with medication-related factors along with environmental and provider-related factors. Patient-related factors include … Continue reading

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Friday Factoids: New Insights Into Violence Related to Mental Illness

    Past research indicates that mental illness is noted to be a modest risk factor for violence, with only 4% of violence in the United States attributed to individuals with mental illness”(Monahan et al., 2001 and Swanson, 1994, as … Continue reading

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Changing the expectations of those with mental illness

    It is important to ask the question, do we BELIEVE that the person we are working with can live a productive life?  At times it can be hard to do so.  The amount of trauma some individuals have … Continue reading

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Effective Listening and Peer Support

Effective Listening and Peer Support Services The Peer Support Specialist uses “Effective Listening” techniques when working with his or her peers (patients).  According to the Kentucky Peer Support training, the difference between listening and “effective” listening is that we know … Continue reading

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Virtual Realty and Schizophrena: A New Twist on Social Skills Training

    Social skills training is commonly used when treating an individual diagnosed with schizophrenia. However, there are disadvantages to using traditional social skills approach, particularly related to the individual’s motivation. Technology is increasingly used in the treatment of mental … Continue reading

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