CBT for Psychosis: A Symptom-Based Approach

CBT for Psychosis: A Symptom-Based Approach

CBT for Psychosis: A Symptom-Based Approach

CBT for Psychosis: A Symptom-Based Approach

Synopsis

This book offers a new approach to understanding and treating psychotic symptoms using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).CBT for Psychosis shows how this approach clears the way for a shift away from a biological understanding and towards a psychological understanding of psychosis.

Stressing the important connection between mental illness and mental health, further topics of discussion include:

  • the assessment and formulation of psychotic symptoms
  • how to treat psychotic symptoms using CBT
  • CBT for specific and co-morbid conditions
  • CBT of bipolar disorders.

This book brings together international experts from different aspects of this fast developing field and will be of great interest to all mental health professionals working with people suffering from psychotic symptoms.

Excerpt

The understanding of psychotic disorders is undergoing a very considerable transformation. One aspect of this is a serious questioning in recent decades as to the utility and validity of the discrete diagnostic classificatory systems for psychosis (Bentall, 2003; van Os & Kapur, 2009). It is increasingly recognised from population and clinical studies that a dimensional approach based on more discrete symptoms better reflects the evidence of a continuity between mental illness and mental health and between the “psychotic” and the “normal”.

This book is compiled with the intention of elaborating this approach and in particular to demonstrate how a cognitive behavioural framework is well suited to offering clinical treatment and therapy to the new symptomatic approach within psychosis. The book brings together international experts in the different aspects of this fast developing field, and should be of great interest to all mental health professionals working with people suffering from psychotic symptoms.

References

Bentall, R. P. (2003). Madness Explained. Psychosis and Human Nature. London: Penguin Books.

van Os, J. & Kapur, S. (2009). Schizophrenia. The Lancet, 374, 635–645.

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