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(p. 119) Follow-Up and Sticking with Treatment 

(p. 119) Follow-Up and Sticking with Treatment
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(p. 119) Follow-Up and Sticking with Treatment
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Beth Broussard

, and Michael T. Compton

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190920685.003.0009
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date: 30 July 2021

Sticking with treatment is important to continue to feel better, continue to experience a decrease in symptoms, and learn how to manage instances when symptoms may return. Good mental health treatment places the young person and the family at the center of the treatment team and encourages active participation when making treatment decisions. Shared decision-making can be used to plan treatment and identify goals in all settings, including the hospital or clinic. It can also be used to adjust the treatment plan as needed. One way that family and friends can support the young person in moving toward recovery is to understand the treatment plan so that they can help the individual stick with treatment. Psychosocial treatments teach individuals various strategies and skills to practice, while medicine makes pursuing life goals easier given that symptoms will be under better control.

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