A small sample of 20 people with schizophrenia spectrum diagnoses who had refused or discontinued medication were given cognitive therapy by researchers in the U.K. No patients deteriorated significantly; 35% had achieved a significant reduction of symptoms by the end of therapy at nine months and 50% had experienced a significant reduction at a 15 month follow-up. The study was published in the May issue of Psychological Medicine.
Morrison, A. Hutton, P., et al; “Cognitive Therapy for People with a Schizophrenia Spectrum Diagnosis Not Taking Antipsychotic Medication: an Exploratory Trial.” Psychological Medicine, May 2012, 42(5) 1049-1056
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