The efficacy of psychological treatments in schizophrenia has been explored in several controlled studies for approximately twenty years confirming that these are an important therapeutic complement to antipsychotic medication in the treatment of this disorder. Among these treatments, family interventions and cognitive-behavioural treatments have received major attention in relation to their obtained results. This review article will focus on the existing literature on the techniques and procedures of cognitive-behavioural therapy applied to reducing the emotional distress and increasing the level of psychosocial functioning in the early phase of the disease (the first psychotic episode or an early-psychosis episode). In addition, it will also focus on their efficacy throughout the studies conducted in recent years, clarifying what stage they are currently at.
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