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Individual psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for schizophrenia and severe mental illness

Malmberg L, Fenton M, Rathbone J
Published Online: 
15 February 2012

Psychodynamic treatment is an intervention that can be classed as one of the 'talking' therapies. The relationship between the person seeking therapy and the therapist form the main component of the therapy. Its use for people with schizophrenia as a sole treatment, without medication, has not been evaluated very well, apart from four studies in the early 1970s and 1980s. It is clear from the limited studies available that medication is an important part of any treatment for people with psychotic illnesses and should be used in conjunction with any talking treatments.