(via StarTribune) Teens struggling with hallucinations and delusions will receive mobile phone apps that offer brain training and social support — part of a new University of Minnesota research focus that emphasizes non-drug solutions for severe mental disorders.
Testing the apps will be the U’s unique contribution to a new federal study of teens and young adults experiencing their first episodes of psychosis.
The U and four other institutions also will be tracking these first-episode patients to see what demographic or lifestyle factors make them prone to mental illness and what factors promote their recovery.
The psychiatric profession needs alternative therapies because, while drugs can treat symptoms, they don’t address a patient’s levels of cognition and motivation, which play key roles in their recovery, said Dr. Sophia Vinogradov, chairwoman of the U’s department of psychiatry.
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