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Feb 2012

Cognitive Therapy for Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne (Dr Turkington), and School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester (Dr Morrison), England.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012;69(2):119-120. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.141

In people diagnosed as having schizophrenia, negative symptoms such as avolition and alogia are frequently the most disabling and distressing. Until now, few treatments have offered hope for persistent negative symptoms; however, Grant et al1 demonstrate that cognitive therapy, which is based on a cognitive model that implicates fear of failure and corresponding behaviors aimed at preventing this, can improve persistent negative symptoms in a challenging clinical population.

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