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Early Access to Treatment for Schizophrenia

Early Access to Treatment for Schizophrenia

Dr. Michael Eleff, a senior psychiatrist in the Schizophrenia Treatment and Education Program of the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba. He describes his career, his work with families and individuals recovering from schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, and how he emphasizes respect, caring, relationships and hope in promoting recovery. He identifies challenges to recovery, to mental healthcare services and to family caregivers that arise when access to treatment is delayed instead of early. He describes the ways in which early treatment helps overcome these challenges. He says what more he would like to do and see done to promote early treatment for schizophrenia and psychotic disorders. He says whether having more discussions like the present one in the Schizophrenia Community Radio archive would be helpful in promoting early treatment for schizophrenia and psychotic disorders or, if not helpful, why not.

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