The more I read about nueroplasticity the more I think its important to our family members with scz.
Science has proven that the brain can work new paths within itself to get around “broken down” areas. We know that scz does actual damage to the physical brain. The possibility of our family members being able to push their brains into working better is credible.
In the video the doctor talks about testing they did using video gaming as a control group. (I wondered what games they were playing that had such detrimental results) The group that used materials created for the purpose of brain improvement had surprisingly positive results.
I did encourage my son when his one remaining interest was video games in his room. He always played a variety of games, puzzle games, rpg puzzle games and shooter games. At one point he wanted a special microphone to be able to try to verbalize in online group game playing. According to him, his CBT therapist had encouraged him to try to verbalize in gaming. (yes, at the time I wondered if I was being “played”)
His doctors always comment that he has retained a good deal of cognition, now I have to wonder if the video puzzle games were responsible. He would write progress notes (cheat sheets) in a notepad that he kept next to his gaming desk. The first time I saw the tiny handwritten notes I thought they might be like the notes he wrote when he first became ill - just repetitive nonsense - but no, these notes were “trailmarkers” for his puzzle video games.
Give it a go, please, go to the thread "CBT Plus Cognitive Remediation May Improve Work Outcomes in Schizophrenia"if you don’t have time to watch them all, watch the LAST video, read about neuroplasticity at wikipedia, check out the site @gardencat found www.brainhq.com for free exercises. Sorry - I have not been able to pull that last video over to this thread.
Everyone is always asking what to do once they are medicated and still not doing anything at home - I really believe this should be step one -try to get their brains working in a different direction than the scz taken it. I think this is real.