Comparison of Psychological Interventions for Psychosis


Meta-analysis in the American Journal of Psychiatry finds that, relative to other psychological interventions for psychosis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was significantly more efficacious at reducing positive symptoms of psychosis, and social skills training was more efficacious at reducing negative symptoms.  The research, from Amsterdam and The Hague, compared data from 48 outcome trials consisting of 3,295 participants.

Abstract →

Turner, D., van Der Gaag, M., Karyotaki, E., Cuijpers, P.; Psychological Interventions for Psychosis: A Meta-Analysis of Comparative Outcome Studies. American Journal of Psychiatry. Online February 14, 2014 doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2013.13081159

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Kermit Cole
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].


  1. Gosh, talking over how people think helps them be less confused and less frightened of their thoughts and teaching them to talk to other people means they tend to sit around staring into space less and are more able to mix with others and meet some nice new friends.

    What a novel finding!

    Apart from that this amazing study has found that talking to people, offering them understanding and encouragement helps them feel happier, and what’s more, it doesn’t really matter how you do it.

    Wow, I’ve never have guessed

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