Schizophrenia

What Is It?

Schizophrenia affects 2.4 million Americans. Adults, often young adults are affected during their high school and college years. Patients may experience hallucinations, delusions, flat affect, depression, disorganized thinking, and cognitive problems. Interventions for schizophrenia include medication, psychotherapy, and self-management strategies and education.

Some issues patients face with cognition include difficulty taking in and processing information, decision making, maintaining focus, and disruptions in working memory. Cognitive remediation therapy can help patients with schizophrenia sharpen these domains of cognition which carry over into everyday life in important areas such as work and schooling.

Recherches

What Can Be Done?

Treatment for schizophrenia includes medication, psychotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and cognitive rehabilitation. Schizophrenic patients often see a psychiatrist for maintenance of the disorder by pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic means.

Cognitive rehabilitation is essential for return to work and establishing normal routines within schizophrenic populations. Patients can benefit from one-on-one sessions with therapists as well as group therapy within a schizophrenia support group in or out of the hospital.

How Can HappyNeuron Pro Help?

HappyNeuron Pro can be used as a tool to continue therapy outside of the clinic.

With each exercise, you can customize them to your patient’s needs. As the clinician, you can set the level of difficulty, duration, response time, number of stimuli, type of stimuli, and create custom exercise plans for your patient. As your patient uses HappyNeuron Pro, you can view their progress and identify areas they are still struggling with to better focus your therapy sessions on those issues.

You can utilize all our exercises to directly focus on the cognitive problems your patient is experiencing. Some specific exercises that are often used in cognitive remediation therapy for schizophrenia include:

Two Timing

Participants strengthen ability to pay attention to two different sources of information, visual and auditory.

Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise Two Timing
Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise Entangled Figures

Entangled Figures

Trains visuospatial skills and working memory by requiring a patient to disentangle a complex figure into its key parts.

Under Pressure

Requires patient to sustain attention and maintain performance over time. Trains visuospatial skill, perception, and processing.

Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise Under Pressure
Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise Displaced Characters

Displaced Characters

Strengthens visual and spatial perception in addition to memory by requiring the patient to distinguish differences and similarities amongst characters.

Restaurant

Trains capacity to memorize in addition to visual and verbal memory by having a patient remember orders of people at a table.

Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise Restaurant
Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise Basketball in NY

Basketball in New York

Requires patient to engage in strategy and problem solving to plan actions that lead to successful completion. Also trains visuo-mental skills.

In addition, we provide exercises that focus on other domains of cognition such as Memory, Executive Function, Visual Memory, Processing Speed, the Auditory system, and Verbal Memory.

As you work with your client, you can identify overlapping cognitive issues that may be impacting their ability to function in daily life. Practicing these cognitive skills can assist with rehabilitation from your patient experiencing cognitive deficits related to psychosis, which will help them be able to feel more independent and manage their own lives better.

HappyNeuron Pro has been well received by patients suffering from psychiatric disorders. Programs featuring a NEAR model have used us as one of their digital tools to assist patients with their care.

How Do We Fit Into Your Practice?

Schizophrenia can impact a person’s ability to live independently, but most people with schizophrenia can live on their own. More severe cases can cause patients to stay short or long-term within a psychiatric care facility until they are stable.

Care for schizophrenia is commonly provided by psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and occupational therapists. Other kinds of therapists can be involved as part of a patient’s care team as schizophrenia affects motor skills, cognitive function, and mental health.

You can provide therapy for your patient in their home, in your clinic, or in a group setting. We can be adapted for group therapy by connecting an HDMI cord from a computer to a television screen. If you would like your patient to continue practicing skills you are assisting them build, you can assign them exercises to complete at home. All your patient needs is an internet connection and a device such as a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

To experience first hand how we can be integrated as a tool in your rehabilitation strategy plan for your patient living with schizophrenia, try our 15 Day Free Trial. You will have access to all of our content and resources, as well as be able to assign your patients relevant exercises and see their progress in real-time.

Page last updated on May 31,2019

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