The news is exciting: a research study has found that cognitive improvements are possible for those with schizophrenia – and that the results can stick. And even better: these results can be achieved with the help of a program to teach social and cognitive skills with the use of computer games. A reporter called me yesterday for a comment before she finished her article, and it certainly got me to reflect on my my son Ben, and how he is – slowly – beginning to show more signs of “growing up.”
One of the very first “aha moments” for me, when I finally began to learn about schizophrenia and its symptoms, came with the information that it is a “double-edged sword” of positive (added to personality) and negative (taken away from personality).
I also learned, in NAMI’s Family-to-Family course, about the concept of being “frozen in time” for many affected by mental illness.