Health Is Vital

Health is taken for granted, until you can't any more. In this blog I hope to put down on paper some of the articles I come across and want to remember, about health. I will be personalizing these articles to apply to me. I am diabetic, over weight, have high blood pressure and tinnitus, so these are the things you will find here. I will include nutrition, exercise, and holistic health, and many other ideas. I work in the health profession, particularly mental health, and have an interest in suicide prevention; so these topics will also be covered in this blog. Please, if you are suffering reach out. Our county health and crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Article Review: Individual Resiliency Training

Individual Resilience Training: An Early Intervention Approach to Enhance Well-Being in People with First Episode Psychosis, Piper S. Meyer Phd, Jennifer D. Gortlieb Phd, David Penn Phd, Kim Mueser Phd, and Susan Gingerich MSW. Psychiatric Annals November 2015.
IRT is the treatment model for early intervention.  It draws from stress vulnerability, recovery, psychiatric rehabilitation and cognitive-behavioral therapy.   It also draws form motivational enhancement, shared decision-making, and psychoeducation.  It also includes illness management ideas.
Clients meet with therapists in a regular one-hour weekly session.   These sessions are strength-based, and provide training as based on an individualized plan to help the patient increase resiliency and awareness.  There are seven core treatment session, orientation, assessment and goal setting, education and psychosis, relapse prevention planning, processing the episode, developing resiliency and building a bridge to your goals.  Other areas of focus include dealing with negative feelings, coping with symptoms, substance use, having fun and developing good relationships, making choices about smoking and nutrition.
Initial studies show some support for the feasibility of this model to increase resiliency and thus prevent relapse.

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