Group cognitive behavioural therapy as a treatment for negative symptoms in first-episode psychosis
Article first published online: 27 APR 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Early Intervention in Psychiatry
Volume 5, Issue 2, pages 168–173, May 2011
How to Cite
Gaynor, K., Dooley, B., Lawlor, E., Lawoyin, R. and O'Callaghan, E. (2011), Group cognitive behavioural therapy as a treatment for negative symptoms in first-episode psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 5: 168–173. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7893.2011.00270.x
- Issue published online: 27 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 27 APR 2011
- Received 28 April 2010; accepted 11 February 2011
- cognitive behavioural therapy;
- group therapy;
Aim: We aimed to test the idea that there is an early critical time period during a psychotic illness when patients may be more responsive to psychological treatment attention.
Methods: We tested this hypothesis by comparing the treatment responsiveness to group cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) of 25 first-episode psychosis participants (FEP) and 15 patients with currently stable psychosis (n = 40).
Results: Following 12 sessions of outpatient-based group CBT, there were significant decreases in positive, depressive and anxiety symptoms, and an improvement in quality of life for both groups. However, negative symptoms only improved in the FEP group.
Conclusion: Considering the pernicious nature of negative symptoms as well as the difficulties in treating them, this study provides some support for the concept of early intervention with CBT.