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Can group therapy help people with schizophrenia?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Many people with schizophrenia may benefit from group therapy, and it is often incorporated into hospitalization programs for schizophrenia. Group therapy offers people with schizophrenia a chance to socialize with others in a safe, non-judgmental setting. Here, they can learn about their illness and practice new skills. In some therapy groups, people with the illness may actually teach others how to successfully live with schizophrenia. People in group therapy may learn about topics related to schizophrenia such as:

• Features of the illness
• Management of symptoms
• Why medication and therapy treatment are important
• How to avoid having a relapse
• How to communicate more effectively
• How to maintain a job and have relationships with others
• Money management and other vocational training

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