Early intervention in first episodes of psychotic disorders is very important in therapeutic treatment because first three to five years is considered to be critical period in the course of illness (Birchwood, 2002), because it significantly determinates patient's future cognitive, social and emotional functioning and also reflects on theirs family functioning.
Psychiatric hospital «Sveti Ivan» in Zagreb has started the programme which is consisted of psychoeducation for patients and their family members, and psychodinamic group psychotherapy for patients and group psychotherapy for family members.
In order to improve patient 's follow-up we also investigated cognitive functioning in different phases of treatment, object relations, separation and individuation and empathy.
Considering that stigma related to mental disease leads to decrease of self-esteem, loneliness and reduction of quality of life, we applied self-esteem questionnaire, loneliness scale, SF 36 and perceived social support questionnaire.
In this paper partial preliminary results of our programme with group psychoteraphy after first six months-period by using Scale of emotional empathy, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and UCLA Loneliness Scale (short version) will be presented.