In initial recovery, the individual may feel extremely lonely. Coping with the onset for the first time requires extensive support from loved ones. With this social support, understanding, and determination, the individual can learn how to successfully cope with it and live their life. Compliance with the treatment plan is of utmost importance. This is set up by the client themselves and the therapist/ doctor while maintaining the balance between medication and therapy. If the treatment is stopped suddenly, it may lead to a relapse of symptoms.

Psychotherapy plays an important role in schizophrenia treatment which requires appropriate psychotherapeutic intervention programs. Treatment includes psychotherapy, antipsychotic medications, family support and education, and case management. The individual learns social skills and how to make weekly goals including advice, suggestions, and education with their therapist. Encouragement and reinforcement when achieving small goals can be helpful.

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Schizophrenic people have a hard time performing daily life skills such as personal grooming, cooking or communicating socially. Therapy helps to regain confidence and live a better life. When schizophrenic patients are dealt with as an outpatient, then instead of just giving them medication, the results of group therapy with medication, produces better results.

Positive results will be obtained when group therapies focus on

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

Assertive Community Treatment, also known as ACT, is a multidisciplinary approach including a team of psychiatrists, social workers, case managers, and other mental health professionals. It is ongoing and individualized for each client’s needs. The goal is to help the client adapt to his life.

Cognitive remediation (CR) is a short-term intervention used to enhance the cognitive skills of social functioning in schizophrenic individuals.

Cognitive Adaptation Treatment (CAT) works on the cognitive barriers that interfere with the everyday functioning of individuals with schizophrenia. These may include apathy, impulsive behavior, problem-solving skills, and so on. The patients are helped by arranging their environment, making checklists or using reminders, or practicing routines with the patient.