by Comprehensive Staff

11/05/2015 11:06 pm

New Way to Treat Schizophrenia

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For a long time, medication has been the primary treatment tool for behavioral health interventions for individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia.  New research cited in a recent New York Times article (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/20/health/talk-therapy-found-to-ease-schizophrenia.html?_r=0) highlights the importance of providing evidence-based “talk” therapies in addition to medications.  This new research indicates that a treatment approach that combines individual therapy with medications can lead to decreased symptoms and improved symptom management, while lowering medication doses at the same time.

Working in partnership with staff from the University of Washington, Comprehensive has recently trained staff members who work with clients diagnosed with schizophrenia, and other psychotic spectrum disorders, in an evidence-based program known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp).  It is hoped that this intervention will lead to increased quality of life and higher rates of recovery.

In addition, Comprehensive’s New Journeys program is working to identify young adults experiencing a first psychotic episode and provide comprehensive intervention services to this high-risk group.  The treatment services provided by the New Journeys team includes a variety of treatment interventions, including individual therapy as well as family support and education services.  This new program is important because research has demonstrated that when schizophrenia is treated effectively early in its onset, we get better treatment outcomes and less long-term disability. 

Comprehensive is proud to be providing evidence-based therapy services to further the recovery of individuals with schizophrenia.