At PREP Wellness, I learned about the importance of early intervention for psychosis and the prevention of Schizophrenia.
PREP San Francisco
During my senior year of college, I interned at the nonprofit organization, PREP San Francisco. PREP (Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis) specializes in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment for people with schizophrenia. The mental illness is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder. Symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking, and movement disorders.
Experiences at the Internship
At this internship, I spread the word about PREP by cold calling high schools and using social media. We focused on high schools because that population is at risk for having their first psychosis episode. The first psychosis episode generally happens to youth and young adults between the ages of 14-35.
Before I worked at PREP, I didn’t know much about schizophrenia. I heard about the disease on MTV when a show host announced Geri Halliwell’s debut album Schizophonic.
Later, I heard that Schizophrenia was often associated with the homeless, which I later learned is not always the case. There are plenty of people who are able to manage the illness through medications and treatment.
Prevention is Key
At this internship, I learned that early intervention is key to treating Schizophrenia.
1. If caught early, it may be possible to prevent the onset of chronic and disabling psychosis.
2. There is a reduction of the burden of psychosis on the individual and society at large.
3. There is a reduction in hospitalization and increased engagement with community services.
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