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"The basic message the authors convey, that psychotic patients can be engaged and worked with from a cognitive-behavioral perspective and that delusions and hallucinations are in many instance changeable and not immutable, is a valuable one. Finally, Kingdon and Turkington's enthusiasm for their work with patients and encouragement to other therapists adds a nice touch." --Kim T. Mueser, Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School, New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, Concord, NH
"There have always been people who were able to come to reasonable terms with unreasonable experiences and there have always been relatives and friends who were able to help them do so. People who suffer from schizophrenia have found it particularly difficult to struggle through on their own and their families often feel powerless to help. This book shows how both parties, and professional health workers, how a rational approach to distressing symptoms can supplement and sometimes supplant other methods of treatment. It is worth reading." --John Wing, CBE, MD, PhD, FRCPsych, The Royal College of Psychiatrists
"The authors have developed an important approach to the psychological and social treatment of people with schizophrenia. The book is extremely well written and draws impressively from a wide range of valuable data." --John S. Strauss, MD, Yale University Department of Psychiatry
"This book will give a 'shot in the arm' to clinicians interested in working with psychotic patients....When I first started using and talking about cognitive therapy in the early 1960s, I thought that this therapy would be largely limited to patients with various neuroses, such as depression, anxiety disorder, phobias, and the like. When professionals at seminars and conferences asked me to state the conditions for which cognitive therapy was not indicated, I would say, 'Schizophrenia.' It is such a pleasant surprise now to see that I was wrong--cognitive therapy does have a direct application to this disorder....It is my expectation that the present volume will make this approach available to a vast army of mental health workers who are struggling with the difficult problems of this disorder and, at the same time, will provide new hope for patients with schizophrenia." --From the Foreword by Aaron T. Beck, MD
"Our understanding of the biological basis of schizophrenic illnesses has expanded rapidly in recent years. Antipsychotic medications remain the mainstay of treatment, but many people suffering from schizophrenia can also benefit from cognitive-behavioral therapy. Drs. Kingdon and Turkington provide an excellent review of the theoretical background of these treatments as well as useful illustrations of these techniques in operation. Cognitive-behavioral treatments have replaced the older, and largely invalid, psychoanalytical approaches to the psychological treatment of psychosis. The addition of these new psychological techniques to our improved pharmacological therapies provides considerable hope for the schizophrenia sufferer." --Robin M. Murray, M.D., D.Sc.