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Psychological therapies for schizophrenia


Cognitive behavioural therapy
The basic assumption of CBT is that people often have distorted beliefs, which influence their
behaviour in maladaptive ways. For example, someone with schizophrenia may believe that their
behaviour is being controlled by someone or something else. Delusions are thought to result from…

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Negative symptoms ­ CBT for schizophrenia works by trying to generate less disturbing
explanations for psychotic experiences, rather than trying to eliminate them completely. Negative
symptoms may well serve a useful function for the person and so can be understood as `safety
behaviours'. For example, within a psychiatric setting, the…

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Effectiveness of psychodynamic therapy

Supporting research ­ Malmberg and Fenton (2001) argue that it is impossible to draw definite
conclusions for or against the effectiveness of psychodynamic therapy. In fact the Schizophrenia
Patient Outcome Research Team (PORT) has even argued that some forms of psychodynamic
therapy are harmful for patients…

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