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Category: CONDITION

Medication-resistant Schizophrenia benefits from adjunct CBT

A recent review in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice found cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to be beneficial for medication-resistant symptoms of schizophrenia. This is an important study because persistent symptoms are often disabling, lead to significant distress, and are associated with increased depression, anxiety, and risk of suicide. CBT as part of a treatment protocol with anti-psychotic medications has been shown to reduce these and other symptoms, and to increase…
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Love is Never Enough

Say you're having an argument with your partner, housemate or friend. What's going through your mind during the interaction? How are you interpreting the other person's remarks and behaviors? How is the other person reading what you say and do? And how often are you both reading each other's signals correctly? Cognitive Therapy (CT) is used for many disorders, but it's also effective for everyday problems... including relationship problems. It can help people…
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Using Cognitive Therapy to treat Delusions

Dr. Aaron Beck recently responded to an interviewer's questions about addressing delusions among Schizophrenic patients. One of the central tenets of Cognitive Therapy is that individuals learn to evaluate their thinking and look for evidence that supports and/or contradicts their perceptions. The interviewer asked Dr. Beck how this pursuit of evidence plays out when individuals are having delusions and literally 'seeing' objects/people that aren't really there. Interviewer: How... do you persuade someone to ignore the evidence…
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Cognitive Therapy for Schizophrenia

Here's what Kevin Benbow emailed to us about his experience supervising a clinician with her first schizophrenia patient: As a clinical supervisor for a small, rural mental health clinic in Arizona I get the opportunity to supervise and train behavioral health technicians.  Such individuals have a wide range of experience and education levels and are allowed to practice under Arizona State law if they receive supervision from a licensed Behavioral…
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