Cognitive Therapy Shown to be Effective For Schizophrenia

Kermit Cole

Researchers report in the February issue of Archives of General Psychiatry that cognitive therapy improved both positive and negative symptoms in “low-functioning” patients with schizophrenia. An accompanying editorial elaborates on society’s historical concern with positive symptoms, while the principal concerns of caregivers and service users has been negative symptoms. Antipsychotics, they say, may worsen negative symptoms, while cognitive therapy shows promise in ameliorating the most disabling and distressing aspects of the diagnosis.
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