Enhancing the Well-Being of People with Schizophrenia

A small, experimental training program at the University of Granada has been able to help improve the well-being and overall quality of life of some people suffering from schizophrenia. More specifically, the program is helping people help themselves. Noting that stress and anxiety can trigger schizophrenic symptoms, researchers developed a stress therapy training program. They gave individuals strategies for avoiding negative thinking, preventing and dealing with daily stress, and dealing with stressful social interactions. On the whole, people who participated not only saw a reduction in stress and improvement of symptoms, but they also experienced greater confidence in their abilities to influence their own mental states.

© Copyright 2010 by By John Smith, therapist in Bellingham, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.

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  • larry

    larry

    July 12th, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    this just shows how little but important things can change the game so much and the change is not only as much as it seems to us but is much larger for the person actually experiencing it!

  • hannah

    hannah

    July 13th, 2010 at 4:31 AM

    Sounds like a great program. Hopefully the program will extend far beyond this university study and will come to have broader implications in the treatment of schizophrenia.

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