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Talking therapies for schizophrenia 'moderately effective'

6th February 2014
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Currently the most common method of dealing with schizophrenia is through anti psychotic medication; however, as much as 60% of patients do not benefit from such medication.



A recent study into alternative methods analysed 74 people undertaking Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It suggested that CBT was an effective treatment for 46% of the study.



Although the current preferred treatment is antipsychotic medicine, up to half of patients do not use it for anything other than short doses. This is due to significant adverse side-effects such as weight gain and type 2 diabetes.



CBT has been proven to identify individual’s personal problems, such as hearing voices, paranoid thinking or no longer leaving the house. Such services are unavailable for up to 90% of patients and experts believe that larger trials are needed.


Prof Tony Morrison, director of the psychosis research unit at Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust, said: "We found cognitive behavioural therapy did reduce symptoms and it also improved personal and social function and we demonstrated very comprehensively it is safe and effective therapy."

"When given the option, most patients were agreeable to trying cognitive therapy.", said Douglas Turkington, professor of psychiatry at Newcastle University. He added that drugs and cognitive therapy combined were the best treatment.

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