A Single-Case Experiment for an innovative Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Auditory Hallucinations and Delusions in Schizophrenia

Eric Quintin, Claude Bélanger, Valerie Lamontagne

Abstract


This single-case experiment evaluates the impact of an innovative rational-emotive cognitive treatment focused on hallucination and delusions on quality of life, depression, anxiety, and insight in a female patient suffering from schizophrenia. The cognitive treatment developed for this experiment was directly inspired by the work of Ellis and Chadwick, Birchwood, and Trower. The rational-emotive cognitive approach used in the present study effectively reduced the patient’s anxiety and depression, increased the patient’s overall quality of life and insight. The gains were maintained at 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month follow-up. Future investigations into treatments for psychosis should focus on patients’ insight regarding the origin of their hallucinations. Further, the link between negative and positive psychotic symptoms should be explored.


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/ijps.v4n1p114

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International Journal of Psychological Studies   ISSN 1918-7211 (Print)   ISSN 1918-722X (Online)

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