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Is cognitive behavioral therapy effective for schizophrenia?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Cognitive behavioral therapy has been extensively studied as a treatment for many mental health disorders, including schizophrenia. This form of therapy is popular and often found to be very effective in treating a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, traumatic stress, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has strong empirical support. This means that numerous research studies have found CBT to be an effective treatment at reducing distress and symptoms caused by mental illness. The National Institute of Mental Health states that when CBT is used to treat schizophrenia, people often do best when they are also treated with medications.

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