Psychosocial interventions are an essential part of the treatment of schizophrenia and are aimed at promoting the social, family and occupational functioning of the patient and relapse prevention. They are considered proven clinical measures whenever necessary, however they tend to be underused.
Answer the question on psychosocial therapies available today for schizophrenia.
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There are several psychosocial therapies used in clinical practice. The main points of approach focus on self-management of the disease, everyday problems, education, crisis intervention, and acquiring insight. The cognitive impairment is an important aspect of schizophrenia to consider. It seems that cognitive remediation therapy has been associated with both neurobiological and cognitive improvement.
The combination of different therapies along with psychopharmacological treatment appears to provide better results in the reduction of negative symptoms, positive symptoms and reduced hospital stay.
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