Main methods of psychotherapy for negative schizophrenia symptoms

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The review covers publications on the main methods of psychotherapy that can reduce negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Negative symptoms are difficult to treat, and generally persist despite standard antipsychotic treatment. Combined methods including medical and non-medical treatments can be more effective and fully meet the therapeutic needs of a patient. We examined the effects of cognitive-behavioral therapy, social skills training, and family interventions on negative symptoms. The negative symptoms of schizophrenia underlie poor functioning, impaired professional performance and patient disability, thereby being a key factor in the enormous financial cost to the healthcare. Effective treatment of negative symptoms will lead to clinical and functional recovery in patients with schizophrenic spectrum disorders.


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A. O Munin

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

Author for correspondence.
Email: Munin1@mail.ru
Moscow, Russian Federation

A. A Akulova

State Psychiatric Hospital № 4

Email: Munin1@mail.ru
Moscow, Russian Federation

I. V Belokrylov

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

Email: Munin1@mail.ru
Moscow, Russian Federation

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