How does therapy help people with schizophrenia avoid a relapse?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Individual and group therapy play an important role in helping people with schizophrenia recover from their illness. While antipsychotic medications are the most effective treatment for reducing schizophrenia symptoms, therapy offers many benefits too. Therapy educates people with schizophrenia about the illness and teaches ways to avoid relapse. Participants learn how to cope with symptoms when they do occur. In group therapy sessions, people feel less isolated because they see that others have similar experiences with the illness. Listening to the stories of others can help newly diagnosed people get a better understanding of life with schizophrenia. In some therapy groups, participants learn about rehabilitation and employment. Rehabilitation therapy teaches people with schizophrenia how to maintain a home, a job, and a social support network -- factors that can help them avoid relapse.

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