Ask the Doctor: Early Onset Schizophrenia
Dr. Schulz shares his experience at the University of Minnesota working with individuals living with schizophrenia. His focus is on reducing the duration of untreated psychosis, as the average duration is about 78 weeks. Based on research, Dr. Schulz uses an array of services including low dose antipsychotic medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, occupational therapy and family psychoeducation.
After partaking in these services and supports, many of the clients that Dr. Schulz sees go on to receive their college degrees. Brain imaging and neurocognitive testing show that many of the same indicators of schizophrenia are the same in adults living with schizophrenia and in young adults with early onset schizophrenia. These studies will help to determine how to improve cognitive functioning going forward. By engaging young people early, studies have shown that the outcome is much better.