The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s First Episode Schizophrenia Clinic was recently established to provide a comprehensive response to treat teen patients after first diagnosis. Early diagnosis and intervention facilitates prompt treatment, accelerated recovery, preservation of psychosocial skills, and decreased risk of relapse.
The services offered are interdisciplinary, recovery driven, and individually tailored to support the needs of the patient. Services may include assessment, monitoring symptoms and recovery progress, medication management, and individualized treatment and educational plans focused on promoting family involvement and emotional support, as well as guidance to aid in the recovery process.
The Clinic Director, Adrienne Lahti, M.D., Professor & Division Director of Behavioral Neurobiology, noted that there are only a few of these clinics in the country and this is the only innovative schizophrenia clinic in Alabama dedicated to treating teens immediately after first diagnosis.
The facility was designed to provide supportive, warm, and personalized care to ease the burden of disease experienced by patients and their families; it is an innovative pathway to recovery, empowerment, and well-being.
For additional information, please refer to Bob Shepard’s article, Rare, new schizophrenia clinic treats teens fast after first diagnosis