A number of psychological approaches to alleviating psychotic symptoms have been reported in the literature. The latest technique among them is cognitive therapy (CT). This paper describes an open trial that makes use of cognitive psychotherapy to treat chronic drug resistant delusions (more than 2 years duration) in 20 patients with schizophrenia. The positive response of all patients with the absence of symptom replacement and maintenance of response at 3 months follow-up, seem to imply that this technique is useful and more effort needs to be invested into this new area of psychotherapy for psychosis. This paper also shows that those patients on risperidone maintenance respond better to CT than those on other neuroleptics.
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