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CBT works – Important trial showing the effect of CBT

A randomised control trial led by Professor Anthony Morrison from the University of Manchester’s School of Psychological Science aimed to establish whether cognitive behavioural therapy was effective in reducing psychiatric symptoms in people with schizophrenia spectrum disorder who had chosen not to take antipsychotic drugs. The researcher demonstrated that, compared to treatment as usual, cognitive therapy is associated with reduction in psychotic experiences (such as hearing voices and paranoia) and an improvement in day to day social functioning. While acknowledging that a larger definitive trial is needed the researcher concluded that CBT works for a very difficult to treat population – the patients who do not take drugs.

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