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.
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