Traditionally, people with psychotic symptoms have been treated with anti-psychotic or neuroleptic drugs. While this approach is beneficial to a number of people, there are many for whom it is problematic. Recent recognition of these problems has led to the development of effective complementary treatments of a specifically psychological nature.
In Cognitive Behavioural Interventions with Psychotic Disorders leading researchers and practitioners in this area provide a comprehensive overview for all those undergoing related training in psychology and psychiatry, as well as nursing and social work.
The book provides a general background to cognitive treatment, and also discusses specific uses of the therapy in treating those who have hallucinations, as well as those with delusions and schizophrenia. The contributors also suggest how cognitive behavioural approaches can be integrated with other strategies such as pharmacological methods, or in the context of the family.
'My hope is that texts such as the present volume will... become core reference texts in clinical psychology courses. This book will be invaluable starting resource for trainers, rehabilitation workers, and Health Service managers and planners.' - Behaviour Research & Therapy
'This book provides a thorough overview of the newer behavioural interventions with sufferers of schizophrenia, including family interventions as well as cognitive behavioural approaches to symptom reduction.' - Mental Health Nursing