Dr. Kane: When working toward recovery, it’s really important to consider the patient’s goals and to understand what it is that they want to achieve. We do many things in life that give us satisfaction, whether it’s work or school, friends, or hobbies, and schizophrenia can rob people of some of those opportunities. So, we want to make sure that we have conversations with the patient to understand his or her goals and work to help that person to achieve those goals.
Dr. Moller: With schizophrenia, when a person has a hallmark symptoms of hallucinations, delusions, maybe some mood swings, paranoia, we don’t wait until the person’s no longer coming out of their room or maybe harming themselves or harming someone else because of the hallucinations and delusions. We want to teach people about those symptoms so that they can report them early, but that’s not going to happen unless there’s a relationship with the patient. So, you have to have the time to build trust, and the person will trust you to tell you those very personal symptoms that many people find embarrassing and shameful.
Dr. Hurford: My hope for schizophrenia care or a psychosis care is that people can access the type of services that we see in early psychosis care at any point along their journey with psychosis. So not just reserved for the first couple of years of somebody’s psychotic illness, but at any point that they need those services or find them valuable because early psychosis care is not particularly revolutionary care. It’s just very good care, very comprehensive care delivered in the community that someone lives in.
I think that people should be hopeful that they can have the lives that they want to have, that they can go back to school, or get the job that they want, or climb the ladder at work, or be in a relationship that’s fulfilling or have friends. In the same way you and I hope for those sorts of things in our lives, people with psychosis should be hoping for those same things in their lives.