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ISSN: 2469-9837

International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology
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Research Article

Delusions in Schizophrenia: where are we and where Do we need to go?

Matthew E Ryan* and Trish Melzer

RMIT University, Discipline of Psychology, Plenty Road, Bundoora, Victoria 3083, Australia

*Corresponding Author:
Matthew E Ryan
RMIT University, Discipline of Psychology
Plenty Road, Bundoora, Victoria 3083, Australia
Tel: +61431 202 946
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: August 08, 2014; Accepted date: September 29, 2014; Published date: October 6, 2014

Citation: Ryan M and Melzer T (2014) Delusions in Schizophrenia: where are we and where Do we need to go?. Int J Sch Cog Psychol 1:115. doi:10.4172/2469-9837.1000115

Copyright: 2014 Ryan M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Although psychotherapy is indicated for the treatment of delusions in schizophrenia, it is unclear exactly what form of psychotherapy is most effective. To help clarify what psychotherapy modalities should be used for delusions in schizophrenia, this review explored current literature to examine the effectiveness of various psychotherapy modalities. Clinical trials were found through an online database and (when possible) only trials that included a control or wait-list condition were included. The central conclusion of this review is that cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is the most effective psychotherapy option for delusions. Specifically, CBT has been demonstrated to achieve moderate effect sizes and long-term improvements in delusional symptoms, although the evidence remains equivocal. Important implications for clinicians as well as future research directions are also discussed.


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