Psychotherapy for Schizophrenia

People with schizophrenia often have a difficulty in performing ordinary life skills such as self care and conversation. Psychotherapy can help in regaining confidence and live a better life.

  • Individual therapy – In one to one therapy patient can learn to cope with stress, managing daily life and identify early warning signs of relapse which can help people with schizophrenia manage their illness.
  • Group therapy – Group therapy can serve two purpose. One as support group helps in motivation. It gives confidence and better understanding of illness. Secondly it can help in learning how to manage life, relationships, work etc. It also improves treatment compliance. Group therapy can be helpful in decreasing social isolation.
  • Family therapy – Education of family is crucial in total illness management. Family gets better understanding, stress levels go down and there is renewed hope for future. It helps in planning and long term management of illness. Family care may improve outcome of treatment.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – CBT can help in improving attention and thinking pattern. This can be an effective therapy to manage stress, motivation, issues such as anxiety and depression. This can help in improving day to day life quality.