Brain Training

People experiencing psychosis can have trouble with how the brain learns, remembers and processes information (also called cognition). Some describe it as their brain is slowing down or foggy and unfocused. If this sounds familiar, here’s what you can do about it.

Just like building a muscle in the body, the brain learns through repetition.

 

In the same way that we have to make a habit of exercising before we see results, repetition is the key to creating new pathways in the brain (new ways of processing information).  Specialized exercises for psychosis are often prescribed via smartphone, tablet or online apps.

Specialized video games can help with brain processing

Brain processing challenges with psychosis can include:

  • ability to focus
  • speed of processing information
  • memory
  • reasoning and abstract thinking
  • learning / absorbing information
  • deciphering social cues (body language, facial expressions)

It’s important to address cognitive challenges in the early stages of psychosis because they are often the biggest roadblock to getting back to class/work and relationships.  If you don’t have access to cognitive training in a specialized psychosis treatment program, you can check out Brain HQ’s online offering (the basic level is free).

Additional resources:

The Vinogradov Lab

UCSF’s DRIVE Lab

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