Recent Psychiatric News article describes success of Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for low functioning schizophrenia

According to the article:

“Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a rigorous and proven approach to help with a wide range of mental disorders, but is it an approach that can work for everybody? Given the intensity of the sessions and the commitment involved in maintaining regular visits, it has been presumed that low-functioning patients would likely not benefit from CBT.”

“Paul Grant, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, didn’t think that this had to be case and that even patients with severe schizophrenia who were hindered by their psychoses and cognitive defects could be improved. He says, ‘I think clinicians sometimes forget there are people underneath all those symptoms,’ he continued. ‘They’ve had very unfortunate experiences and have become socially withdrawn, but they can come out of their shells.’ ”

To access the full article in psychiatric news: CBT Found to Be Successful in Low-Functioning Patients

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