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Schemas, Psychotic Themes and Depression: A Preliminary Investigation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 November 2004

Steve Moorhead
Newcastle Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies Centre, UK
Neshika Samarasekera
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Doug Turkington
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


The relationship between schemas, depression and psychotic themes was explored in a sample of 26 patients with schizophrenia. Results show an association of underlying depressive schema vulnerabilities with specific psychotic themes. This preliminary investigation provides support for the meaningfulness of psychotic symptoms. This paper implies that schema focused cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) could lead to improvements in linked psychotic symptoms.

Brief Clinical Report
2005 British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

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