ERIC Number: EJ796637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy across the Stages of Psychosis: Prodromal, First Episode, and Chronic Schizophrenia
Valmaggia, Lucia R.; Tabraham, Paul; Morris, Eric; Bouman, Theo K.
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, v15 n2 p179-193 May 2008
Since the early 1990s, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been increasingly used as an adjunctive treatment for psychotic disorders. This paper describes the CBT of three cases, each at a different stage of psychotic disorder: at-risk mental state, first-episode psychosis, and chronic psychotic disorder. For the at-risk mental state, treatment focused on anxiety and social phobia, whereas the treatment of first-episode psychosis focused on the development of a shared formulation of the factors leading to and maintaining psychotic symptoms. For the chronic case, treatment emphasized the possibility of improving strategies to prevent symptoms from interfering with life goals. The potential contribution of CBT to improve outcomes in psychotic disorders beyond those obtained through traditional pharmacotherapy is discussed.
Descriptors: Schizophrenia, Cognitive Restructuring, Therapy, Behavior Modification, Psychosis, Risk, Mental Disorders, Anxiety, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Goal Orientation
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