Foreword by Aaron T. Beck, M.D.  pp. vii-viii

Foreword by Aaron T. Beck, M.D.

By Aaron T. Beck

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Cognitive therapy (CT) of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia has grown and developed dramatically over the last ten years. In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2002) recommends that CT should be made available for all people suffering with schizophrenia, particularly those with persistent hallucinations and delusions, lack of insight, and poor concordance with antipsychotic medication. However, the interest in cognitive therapy for psychosis goes beyond the UK. The USA, Canada, the Netherlands, and Australia have well-developed research programs in this area and Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, Scandinavia, and Spain are all showing an increasing interest in this approach.

Unfortunately, despite growing interest, access to CT by people suffering from psychosis is limited largely due to a shortage of suitably trained therapists. Now, this current volume by Turkington and colleagues attempts to bridge this gap by providing guidance on self-management of psychosis. Written specifically with psychosis sufferers and carers in mind, the book allows those experiencing psychosis and their carers to understand and apply the basic concepts of CT for psychosis.

The book contains many nuggets of commonsense wisdom, which, when applied, will begin to help. Until now carers, friends, colleagues, and those suffering with psychotic symptoms have only really had the option of referring to psychiatric textbooks to try to find out how to help themselves or their loved ones with psychosis. This book provides a straightforward and practical guide for carers, helping them know what to say and what to do.

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