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Schizophrenia

Abstract:

Despite the often grave consequences of schizophrenia, in recent years several types of treatments have gained empirical support as helpful interventions to ease symptoms and improve functioning, including some antipsychotic medications, supported employment, assertive community treatment, integrated treatment for dual disorders, cognitive-behavioral therapy, family psychoeducation, illness management and recovery, cognitive remediation, and social skills training. The successes of these interventions have created evidence-based hope that schizophrenia is a condition that is manageable, treatable, and from which recovery is a very realistic possibility.

In this chapter, the authors first provide a summary of the elements of the aforementioned empirically-supported interventions for schizophrenia, and then discuss important basic skills that clinicians must develop in order to provide practical and effective treatment for this population, which include the adoption