Schizophrenia - Psychological treatments

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Therapy is administered once every ten days for about 12 sessions

Often uses things such as drawings to show links between thoughts, actions and emotions.

Can be taught CSE (coping strategy enhancements) 


Trower et al (2004) found that therapy didn't reduce hallucinations, but made them less threatening. Also found it reduced positive and negative symptoms, and improved quality of life. HOWEVER these effects were only found when used in conjunction with antipsychotic drugs.

Tarrier (2005) did a meta-analysis of 20 controlled CBT trials. There was persistent evidence of reduced symptoms, particularly positive ones and lower relapse rates.

Little evidence into long term relapse…


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