Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) can help reduce persecutory delusions (unrealistic, paranoid beliefs that other mean you harm), an Oxford University study has found. Study author Professor Daniel Freeman of the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford discusses how the research, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, shows that six sessions of CBT can reduce worry and paranoia in patients who otherwise have persistent paranoia.
‘Almost all of us experience paranoid thoughts at some point in our lives,’ he writes. ‘The trial does show that a treatment targeting just one maintaining factory (worry) can bring about real and lasting improvement in paranoia.’
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