Cognitive Therapy is Effective for Schizophrenia

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Noting that antipsychotic medications and psychosocial interventions have shown limited efficacy, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania followed 60 low-functioning individuals with schizophrenia diagnoses through an 18-month recovery-oriented cognitive therapy program. They found a significant improvement in global functioning of those receiving cognitive therapy relative to standard treatment. (There were no differences in medication between the groups.) Results appear in Archives of General Psychiatry.

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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