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Group therapy in psychotic inpatients

The treatment of psychoses, particularly of schizophrenics, occupies a special place within the evolution of psychiatry and psychotherapy. Group therapy has come to play an important role in the treatment of psychotic disorder and it is a part of hospitalized patients’ therapeutic experiences. The goals of each group vary but they all have common purpose to increase patients’ awareness of themselves through interaction with other group members who provide feedback about their behavior, to provide patients with improved interpersonal social skills and decrease isolation. The purpose of this article was to provide a brief description of the implementation process of inpatients group therapy on the psychotic patients. Inpatients group therapy is effective when applied and considered as a part of a well organized and complete therapy aggregation, made up of: a) medical surveillance, (b) family information, therapy and sensitization, (c) self- supportive psychotherapy and (d) psychosocial restoration. Group Therapy should not be seen as a panacea, but as a therapy process whose role- instructing and supporting- are of high therapeutic importance not only for the patient, but for his close family environment as well.

Author(s): Koukourikos Konstantinos

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