The First U.S. Early Intervention Psychosis Clinic Changes Lives in Greater New Haven

The Program for Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) is the first comprehensive early intervention service of its kind in the U.S, and it's located right here in New Haven, Connecticut.  STEP first began offering comprehensive care to individuals facing the recent onset of a psychotic disorder in 2006. Since then, STEP has been recognized as a national model of “coordinated specialty care,” and it continues to provide free services to young people ...
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How To Stress Less During the Holidays

Whether or not you, a friend, or a family member are dealing with a mental health issue, here are some tips to reduce stress during the holidays. Make yourself a priority and identify what you really want to do. For instance, you might want to spend the entire day with your family or just stop in for dessert. Make the amount of time you spend with your family a choice rather ...
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We’re Looking for MindMap Allies!

Are you interested in helping shape the conversation around mental health stigma? Would you like to put your skills to good use and improve your communities? Can you devote 10 hours a month to improving mental health in your community? If so, consider partnering with MindMap on our mission to destigmatize mental illness and get those who need help treatment for psychosis. Who are the MindMap allies? They’re a core group of ...
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“The sooner you seek help the greater your chance of recovery.”

We talked to one of our patients recently, and one question that came up was, "What would you tell your younger self, now that you have been through treatment?"  We find many of these statements to be so insightful and hope they may be useful if you find yourself in a situation where you may have to have a discussion with a young person you care about. Read hercontribution below. "Dealing with ...
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Our First Year – A Retrospective

It's been a busy year for MindMap! We started this communications campaign in February, 2015 with the goal of reaching more young people and those who love them with information, education, communications, and a clear path to mental health. We've stepped out of our offices and into the community via many events throughout the year. Towards the end of 2015, we extended our coverage to ten towns with the inclusion of Milford ...
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How to Deal with Stress During the Holidays

Having a mental illness is the same as having any medical illness.  Stress can throw anyone off-kilter. It helps to have a plan and to take good care of yourself.  Here are nine tips for coping with the holidays.   
  1. Make yourself a priority  
As we’re hosting, shopping, cooking, cleaning, attending get-togethers, and checking off other tasks on our to-do lists, self-care often takes a backseat ...
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Benefits of Early Intervention

Research has found that early intervention is beneficial for patients and loved ones for the following reasons:
  • Less treatment resistance and reduced risk of relapse
  • Reduced risk for suicide
  • Reduced disruptions to work or school attendance
  • Retention of social skills and support
  • Decreased need for hospitalization
  • More rapid recovery and better prognosis
  • Reduced family disruption and distress
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Common Stages of Adjustment for Family Members

It is distressing to learn that someone close to you is experiencing psychosis. You may experience a variety of emotions, including shock, confusion, bewilderment, and guilt. There is no right or wrong way to feel, and you should not feel disloyal or uncaring for any of the thoughts or feelings you are having. It is common for families and friends to go through the following stages:

Communicating with Someone Who is Experiencing Psychosis

When a person experiences an acute psychotic episode, it can be frightening, confusing, and distressing to both the individual and his or her family and friends.  Here are some things you can do to make their experience easier. 1. If they are having difficulty concentrating:
  • Keep your statements short
  • Give one message at a time
  • Don’t give too many choices at once
2. If they are expressing delusions ...
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How to Deal with Psychosis Diagnosis for Your Child

In most cases, psychosis is not caused by ineffective parenting. It is a biological condition, and parents do not cause psychosis. Being proactive and supportive in your child’s illness, however, can greatly increase the chances of recovery. Understand recent changes in thoughts, feelings, or behavior. Early stage psychosis can include:
  • difficulty concentrating
  • depressed mood
  • sleep changes—sleeping too much or not enough
  • anxiety
  • suspiciousness
  • withdrawal from family and friends
  • ongoing unusual ...
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