Supplement: Nonmedication Therapies

Nonmedication Therapies By Anne Harding Cognitive behavioral therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation may play a role in treatment ARTICLE EXTRAS The Treatments A Troubled History First-Generation Antipsychotic Drugs The Atypical Atypical? The next generation? The Lessons of CATIE Second-Generation Antipsychotic Drugs Beyond Drugs Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is increasingly being recognized as a helpful approach for people with schizophren

Anne Harding
Dec 1, 2007
Nonmedication Therapies
By Anne Harding
Cognitive behavioral therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation may play a role in treatment

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is increasingly being recognized as a helpful approach for people with schizophrenia. Widely used to help people manage harmful habits, thoughts, and behaviors, CBT can be particularly useful in addressing schizophrenia symptoms that medication hasn't alleviated. For example, explains Anthony Lehman, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, CBT can be useful for a person who experiences paranoid thoughts that people are staring at them and talking about them when they get on a bus. "CBT can help them learn to cope with those kinds of ideas and essentially learn to do a reality test on those ideas...