Talk Therapies Take On a Vital Role in Treating Schizophrenia
A March 2023 issue of Scientific American features an article by Professor Matthew Kurtz of Wesleyan University on the role of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in treating medication-resistant symptoms of schizophrenia. The full article can be accessed below:
Therapy project benefiting Wash. patients with psychosis
The CBT Care Pathway was recently featured on the UW Medicine Newsroom and the Center for Mental Health, Policy, and the Law (CMHPL) News, UW Medicine on how patients experiencing psychosis benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy in Washington State.
APA Podcast Breaks Down Mental Health Stigma
Dr. Pat Corrigan, a leading expert on stigma, is featured on Episode 178 of APA's podcast Speaking of Psychology. Dr. Corrigan discusses where mental health stigma comes from, how it affects people’s lives, why it’s important for those with mental illness to share their stories, and whether or not celebrities’ new openness about mental health is decreasing stigma.
Psychiatric News: "Psychotherapy Key to Successful Psychosis
Psychiatric News, an online publication of the American Psychiatric Association, reported on the APA 2021 Annual Meeting panel, entitled, “Psychotherapy for Psychosis: Perspectives on Current Interventions and Future Directions.” Panelists Robert Cotes, Michael Garrett, Eric Granholm, Kim Mueser, and Sarah Kopelovich are quoted.
Psychiatry’s Problem With Paranoia—Is Digital Part of the Solution?
Drs. Amy Hardy, Tom Ward, and Philippa Garety have developed a new digital app known as SlowMo, which utilizes CBTp principles to support individuals experiencing paranoia. SlowMo has been tested in a number of studies, and most recently in a large scale randomized control trial, and has been found to have a significant positive effect on delusions. SlowMo developers are working on developing a new model that can be rolled out in mental health services.
Advancements in Cognitive Therapy Newsletter
Depression and anxiety are frequently comorbid conditions in people diagnosed with schizophrenia. In examining a number of studies that used CBT interventions with patients experiencing psychosis, researchers found that CBT reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety in this patient population. This may have a carryover effect for treating psychosis, as distress from anxiety or depression can worsen psychotic symptoms.
Online CBT Effective for Insomnia, Psychosis
This large, randomized clinical trial recruited participants with insomnia to complete an online CBT course that provided various tools for managing sleep and involved an animated, “cartoon” therapist. Sleep outcomes were improved in those participants who received the intervention, and measures of paranoia and hallucinations were also significantly reduced.
What it is and How it's Treated
Discover Magazine recently published a piece on Thought Broadcasting. The article provides first-person accounts of the experience and quotes psychosis treatment expert Dr. Sarah Kopelovich on the psychiatric causes and psychological treatment of the phenomenon.
Inside Schizophrenia Podcast: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Schizophrenia
Host Rachel Star Withers, who has a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and co-host Gabe Howard, explore the types of CBT that best work for schizophrenia. Rachel breaks down her “Monster Technique” that she uses daily to help her deal with her visual hallucinations.
Guest Cornelia Larsson, licensed psychologist and psychotherapist, joins to talk in-depth about CBT techniques for dealing with audio hallucinations like hearing voices.
Letter to the Editor: Regarding the Coverage of Mental Illness in the New York Times
Linked is a Letter to the Editor submitted to the New York Times regarding an article published in April 2021. As this letter was not selected for publication, the authors have chosen to self-publish for distribution to interested networks, and invite anyone interested to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign onto this statement. All voices are welcome, including individuals with and without lived experience and mental health professionals and non-professionals.
CBTp-Informed Training for Families & Caregivers
CBTp Trainers Kate Hardy, Clin.Psych.D, and Sarah Kopelovich, Ph.D., recently teamed up with Drs. Doug Turkington and Maria Monroe-DeVita to launch a CBTp-informed skills training for families and caregivers in Seattle, Washington. Hosted by the University of Washington and financed by philanthropic and state funding, the training reached more than 200 family members, 30 of whom are receiving follow-up consultation to further refine their familiarity and comfort with CBT skills. Dallas News recently reported on the training.
Virtual Reality Can Reduce Anxiety, Improve Social Interactions in Psychosis
Researchers in the Netherlands found that incorporating Virtual Reality into CBT, which allowed therapists to expose their clients to stressful social stimuli in a controlled environment, reduced symptoms of anxiety and paranoid ideation.
CBTp Clinical Trials Research
Clinical psychologist Dr. Lucy Maddox discusses the use and effectiveness of psychosis. She discusses how the individualized nature of CBTp can make it challenging to study, and addresses recent questions as to the efficacy of CBTp. She feels many studies on CBTp measure the wrong outcome measure by only looking at reduction in symptoms such as voices, rather than interpretation of or distress around symptoms, which can profoundly impact patients’ quality of life.