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Cognitive Therapy for Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Douglas Turkington, MD, FRCPsych; Anthony P. Morrison, PhD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012;69(2):119-120. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.141.
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In people diagnosed as having schizophrenia, negative symptoms such as avolition and alogia are frequently the most disabling and distressing. Until now, few treatments have offered hope for persistent negative symptoms; however, Grant et al1 demonstrate that cognitive therapy, which is based on a cognitive model that implicates fear of failure and corresponding behaviors aimed at preventing this, can improve persistent negative symptoms in a challenging clinical population.

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