Therapy of psychoses
What types of psychotherapies are available?
Antipsychotics are generally administered in combination with various other psychological and/or social therapies. These therapies are collectively seen to be "psychosocial" therapies. In the following, you will receive a short review concerning the therapies which are considered to be suitable for people with psychoses. For this purpose, you can download more descriptions.
Psychological individual or group therapies
Psychoeducation can be performed as either an individual or a group therapy. It serves to provide the person affected and their families with an extensive explanation concerning the illness and the possibilities for therapy. It can also help the person affected by providing him/her with a helpful concept of the illness, improving their judgment of the illness, promoting their necessity to continue taking their medications further and by generally strengthening a healthy way of life.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
This thereby handles a short and intensive therapy, the goal of which is to change the thought and behavioural patterns. In people with psychoses, it results in a reduction of the delusions and an improvement in the depressive symptoms, as well as also serving for the treatment of additional, "comorbid", psychiatric disturbances like, for example, phobias.
Psychoanalysis serves to find the basis for your most difficult and painful emotions and experiences. It serves to help provide you with more self-sufficiency, and enables you to make more rational and fundamental decisions concerning life. In people with psychoses, these forms of psychotherapy help one to overcome such special problems as fear, depression, stress, problems with interrelationships, etc.
- Addiction therapy
Addiction therapies are especially important for people with psychoses and problems involving addiction since, without an abstinence from this addiction, it is hardly possible or fully impossible to heal the psychosis. Addiction therapies are offered in an integrated form that is concomitantly adapted to other therapies associated with the psychosis. Addiction therapy serves to intensify the motivation for abstinence and thereby serves to promote the abstinence. Aside from specific interventions related to addiction therapy, psychoeducation, cognitive behavioural therapy, family interventions or self-help groups can also be effective in the course of the treatment of an addiction.
- Family therapy
Family therapy serves to break down conflicts in your family and to consequently reduce stress, to inform your family about the illness and to thereby inform you about the interrelated modes of behaviour, as well as to provide advice concerning problems or mediating techniques for coping with crisis situations. At best, family interventions should be initiated as early as possible and carried out routinely in order to help to delay or even to avoid the occurrence of relapses.
Ergotherapy is made up of both occupational therapy (OT) and work therapy (WT) together. Therapeutic goals include the treatment of psychopathological symptoms, which result in the loss of behavioural competency, increasing the competency for accomplishing daily activities and sensible leisure time planning, as well as maintaining or re-establishing the capabilities and skills that are relevant for professional life. In contrast to ergotherapy, work therapy involves actually working as a preparation for beginning or re-entering professional life.
Especially for those who are affected by psychoses, an important component of the psychiatric management is to be admitted to an initial system of care including a coordination of resources in the psychiatric-psychotherapeutic field, as well as in the fields of general medicine and rehabilitation. This is the purpose of sociotherapy.
Types of psychosocial therapies
- Social competency training (SCT)
“Social competence” designates the options for action of each individual to transform their “social skills” into an actual behavioural pattern. With SCT, one evaluates one’s own behavioural patterns, learns alternative behaviours, which serve to improve interpersonal contacts and increase the security with which one interacts with other people. For people with a psychosis, this is especially important, since many of them suffer from social and/or interpersonal fears.
- Metacognitive training (MCT)
Metacognition can logically be translated as “thinking about thinking”. In the course of eight training units (modules) the participants are confronted with cognitive problems or one-sided styles of solving a problem presented in an entertaining form, which individually or all together favour the full development of problematic convictions extending as far as to delusions.
- Art therapy
Art therapy is a non-verbal therapy, whereby, with the aid of various artistic materials, the natural skills of the individual can be employed to express “inner images”, feelings, needs, expectations and experiences in order to bring about self-regulation and healing.
- Dancing and movement therapy
All movement therapy procedures have in common the assumption that through movement they initiate a general mobilization. This is supposed to lead to positive changes in the behaviour and the physical functions.
CogPack is a cognitive training programme with 64 tests and exercises, with various variables involving different cognitive domains as well as verbal, intellectual and occupationally-related skills and expertise.