October 27, 2006

Cognitive Remediation Therapy Effective in Patients With Schizophrenia

A study of cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) was performed in order to determine its effectiveness when used in outpatients with schizophrenia.

CRT, designed to improve neurocognitive (attention, memory and organization) functioning, was compared in a head-to-head study of patients with schizophrenia to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is designed to enhance psychosocial (social, psychological, behavioral) functioning.

CRT and CBT each provided improvements in different areas of functioning.

CRT was found to be more effective than CBT for improving deficits in psychomotor speed, verbal memory, nonverbal memory, and executive function. Patients assigned to the CBT group however, showed improvement in depressive mood, and general psychopathology.

Read the full story: CRT targets neurocognition in schizophrenia patients

Additional Reading: There is a recently written 10+ page white paper on Cognitive Remediation Therapy for schizophrenia - available for download at the link below. The paper is ideal to give to your psychiatrist or therapist as a way to discuss new approaches to improving outcomes in schizophrenia:

Translating cognition to action - Improving function in people with schizophrenia with cognitive rehabilitation (.pdf paper)
By: Professor Til Wykes and Dr Clare Reeder
Institute of Psychiatry, London


According to to my Son.. with me and his x girl friend.

sex preditor
No conscious
After women that is weak
He saw me with his own eyes with his girlfriend
He said he saw me Mona [ my daughter] and his x girl friend together
selling buisness to go in busness with his x girl friend
I locked him out of his own house..so i could trace his house keys
Kieth called Patty [girlfriend] told her alot of trash about me
Told Patty i was a sex fiend
told Patty i did not love her
told her i pretend to believe in God to impress my Lady friends.
And much more. None of the above is true
All the above started approx. three months ago when him and his girl
friend broke off. [they dating one year] I'm the father of the accuser,
I'm 77 years old i need help with my son...Tuney Reed
Why is he blaming me.

Posted by: Tuney Reed at October 30, 2006 11:29 AM

It sounds like your son has 'delusions'. These are fixed ideas that don't line up with the facts of a situation. It just means he is ill. It is a symptom of a brain disease, schizophrenia. He can't help it.

Usually when a person talks that way, I don't agree - OR disagree. I just listen and am sympathetic. It's hard to do, but with practice it gets easier. I try to 'answer to' the feelings behind the statement, such as if they say 'Space aliens are trying to take over my brain', and I might say 'oh i'm so sorry you are having this awful time. can i get you some coffee, or do you like tea better?' If they are scared of something (having the door unlocked, window open, whatever), I just very sweetly and helpfully close it or lock it or whatever. I also try to reassure the person, 'I feel you're safe here with me'. I try to just relax when people who are ill say such things. The more upset you get about it, the more mixed up and upset they get. I try to just relax and usually they will copy my relaxed attitude, or at least, get a little bit more relaxed than they were.

Posted by: slc2 at November 1, 2006 10:21 AM

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