Think of your brain like a muscle
People experiencing psychosis can have trouble with cognition, which is really just a fancy way of talking about how the brain learns, remembers and processes information.
In the early stages of psychosis, some describe feeling as if their brain is slowing down or foggy. They may have trouble focusing, remembering, reasoning, thinking in abstract ways, learning, absorbing new information, or deciphering social cues like body language and facial expressions.
The good news is that just like muscles in the body, there are things you can do to tone and strengthen your brain. And it’s important to address cognitive challenges in the early stages, because they are often biggest roadblock to getting back to being the best version of yourself in school, work, and relationships.
While we recommend cognitive training in a specialized psychosis treatment program, there are many specialized exercises for psychosis that you can access on your own through smartphones, tablets, and online apps.
Brain processing challenges with psychosis can include:
- ability to focus
- speed of processing information
- reasoning and abstract thinking
- learning / absorbing information
- deciphering social cues (body language, facial expressions)
Brain training resources we love
We’re big fans of Brain HQ’s online offering, and the basic level is free.
Clinical trials with reputable research groups are also a good option if you’re interested in some cognitive training. Cognitive enhancement therapy is called “physical therapy for the brain” because, well, that’s exactly what it is! If you’re interested in participating in a clinical trial, click here.
And the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota is often looking for study participants to test their PRIME app, which offers cognitive training and computer games for individuals with psychosis and schizophrenia.