AFTER WINTER: A Real Life Schizophrenia Story
Diagnosed in Canada as a teenager, Quentin is proof that with the right treatment, there’s hope for people living with schizophrenia. Family, friends and the right treatment plan all play an important role in helping him manage symptoms, prevent relapse, and overcome some of schizophrenia’s biggest challenges.
WHAT IT TAKES: Quentin Talks About His Recovery from Schizophrenia
Quentin, a Canadian who was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager, talks about the factors that led to his recovery – from the support of family and friends, to his treatment with antipsychotic medication.
WHAT IT TAKES: Doctor Weighs in on Quentin’s Recovery from Schizophrenia
Dr. Tibbo, who treated Quentin, offers insight into what led to recovery for the Canadian who was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager. He says Quentin is proof that positive outcomes in schizophrenia are possible, especially with early diagnosis and treatment.
ANTIPSYCHOTIC OPTIONS: How an LAI Aided in Quentin’s Recovery
Quentin talks about how he felt taking daily oral medication (pills) for his schizophrenia early on in his treatment compared to how he felt once he switched to a long-acting injectable antipsychotic (or “LAI”). He says the change was “key” to his recovery, with no more stress of missed daily doses and a constant level of the drug in his system to give him stability.
ANTIPSYCHOTIC OPTIONS: Doctor Discusses the Benefits of LAIs
As Director of the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program, Dr. Tibbo is an expert on the many treatment options available for people living with schizophrenia in Canada. Hear his take on how long-acting injectables can help prevent relapses (recurring psychotic episodes) and lead to recovery.
RESPONDING TO RELAPSES: How Quentin Handles Recurring Symptoms of Schizophrenia
Having lived with schizophrenia since he was a teen, Quentin is used to the ups and downs of the illness. Hear him talk about the differences between his first psychotic episode and the symptoms of relapse.
PREVENTING RELAPSES: Doctor Explains the Effects of Recurring Psychotic Episodes
Canadian schizophrenia expert, Dr. Tibbo, covers the importance of preventing relapses (psychotic episodes), and the long-term effects of having multiple episodes of psychosis if the illness is not properly controlled.
REACHING RECOVERY: Quentin’s Message of Hope with Schizophrenia
Now in recovery from schizophrenia, Quentin offers advice to others living with the illness on hanging on to hope for the future. It’s important to stay on antipsychotic treatment and follow the advice of doctors, he says. His message for the schizophrenia community: “Things do get better!”
REACHING RECOVERY: Advice from a Schizophrenia Expert
Recovery from schizophrenia requires something called “sustained remission,” Dr. Tibbo, Director of the NS Early Psychosis Program, explains. This means getting in control of the condition and steering clear of psychotic episodes (relapses). Hard as that may seem when living with the symptoms of schizophrenia, it’s a goal worth going for. Hear what’s required to make recovery a reality.
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