Relapses are negatively correlated with successful social reintegration1

Isolation is one of the most common signs of an impending schizophrenia relapse. But the tragic fact is that once patients are socially isolated, it exacerbates their risk of relapse and worsens their prognosis for social and professional reintegration.1-3

DISCOVER HOW SOCIAL ISOLATION AFFECTS OVERALL HEALTH

Social isolation takes a heavy toll on physical health in addition to mental health4

The health risks associated with social isolation are high in the general population and even higher in subpopulations with preexisting conditions, such as people with CVD, which is by far the most common comorbidity in patients living with schizophrenia. This means that as schizophrenia progresses, isolation is no longer just a warning sign. It has consequences on your patient’s physical well-being that are equivalent to more widely recognized risk factors like cigarette smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, alcohol consumption, and air pollution.4,5

Social relationships can have a direct influence on health-related physiology like blood pressure, immune functioning, and inflammation.4

LISTEN TO PEER PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTION

On Recovery

Dr. John Kane, Dr. Mary Moller, and Dr. Irene Hurford discuss what recovery means for them and their patients.

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.

Psychosocial intervention is critical to get patients back into their communities6

Many patients with schizophrenia have cognitive impairments that make carrying out daily functions difficult, such as having conversations or going to work. Psychosocial interventions like one-on-one talk therapy, social skills training, and/or cognitive remediation are all evidence-based solutions to these challenges. Each of these programs consist of learning exercises that help people living with schizophrenia acquire the disease management and independent living skills needed to successfully function within their communities.6

There is always a need for pharmacologic intervention, but psychosocial intervention has the potential to build personal connections, establish trust, and achieve individual patient goals in a way that medication is currently unable to do.

Teva is committed to providing education and enhancing care for everyone living with schizophrenia.

The SCZ Now initiative was created to help support this educational effort.