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How can psychotherapy and counseling help treat schizophrenia?

It is often extremely helpful to receive counseling from a qualified expert, knowledgeable about schizophrenia. It is helpful to go to sessions with your family or close friends who will serve as your support system throughout your treatment. Such counseling could come from a psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric social worker, or nurse. It will help you understand more about yourself and your illness.

There has been considerable progress made in recent years in using psychotherapy to treat schizophrenia. Modern psychotherapy for schizophrenia recognises the biological base of schizophrenia, and aims to help you develop techniques to adapt to and cope with your illness.
Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Yes, one-on-one therapy can be beneficial for some people living with schizophrenia. Individual therapy may be conducted in several ways. When a person meets with his or her psychiatrist for medication management visits, the doctor may be able to offer some counseling, especially regarding medication compliance. A social worker or therapist may meet separately with the person, educating him about schizophrenia, its symptoms, and its treatment. Sometimes health professionals pay home visits to people with schizophrenia, offering psychosocial support. This group of professionals, often called case managers or case workers, may help the person manage his money and maintain daily life responsibilities. People with schizophrenia may also participate in individual therapy to address substance abuse issues or improve their communication skills and relationships. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that therapy participants are often more compliant with their medication and live healthier lives.w

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