Psychological Treatments of Schizophrenia - CBT

Explanation of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as a psychological treatment of Schizophrenia with relevant AO2 points

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Psychological Treatments of Schizophrenia
AO1 - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help individuals
suffering from Schizophrenia to understand that there are
other explanations for the symptoms they experience. It can
also help the patient to normalise their experience of the
CBT may focus on the disorder itself, to help reduce the
anxiety of the patient. It is thought to be appropriate for
patients who are capable of gaining reasonable insight into
their problems.
CBT is based on the idea of faulty cognitive processes and
thought patterns, so the aim of the treatment is to alter
these faulty thoughts and inappropriate beliefs.
The process of CBT in the treatment of Schizophrenia is as
1. Positive symptoms (such as hallucinations and
delusions) are addressed in a process called cognitive
2. Patient is taught to regard their responses to these
positive symptoms as hypotheses rather than reality ­
this is known as belief modification.
3. The patient then learns to challenge their original
negative interpretations.
AO2 ­ Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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A strength involving the appropriateness of CBT is that it is
a collaborative therapy which involves the active
co-operation of patients. This is a strength because it
means that it is more ethical and appropriate than drug
therapy as the patient is not a passive recipient of
A strength involving the effectiveness of CBT is that there is
research evidence to support it.…read more


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