Schizophrenia responds to non-drug therapy

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For individuals with early onset schizophrenia, cognitive enhancement therapy may help to slow gray matter loss, perhaps even grow gray matter. Results from a randomized trail showed that patients with recent onset schizophrenia that participated in two years of social-cognitive training and physical exercise had less loss of gray matter, and even some increases in areas of gray matter, compared to a control group treated with traditional supportive therapy alone. According to Matcheri S. Keshavan, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and colleagues, this type of non-drug therapy “can protect against gray matter loss and may even support gray matter growth in medial temporal areas of the brain in service of cognitive enhancement among patients with early course schizophrenia… Generalization to real-world settings is an explicit goal of cognitive enhancement therapy, and is promoted through weekly homework assignments and individual coaching sessions tailored to the unique needs of the patient.” Click here to read an article from PsychCentral that discusses this study more.

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