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Schizophrenia: Treatment

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No matter what you are experiencing, treatments and resources are available. VA offers treatment options that are proven to be very effective for most people, and many types of professionals at VA can help treat schizophrenia.

Evidence-based therapies are among the most effective treatments for schizophrenia. They can include the following — which are in many cases available at a local VA medical center.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps Veterans diagnosed with schizophrenia and psychosis to understand the relationships among their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and to create new patterns of thinking to support positive feelings.
  • Social Skills Training (SST) teaches Veterans ways to respond to others and better communicate their thoughts, feelings, and needs. This therapy can help you improve your personal relationships and functioning in society, make progress toward your recovery goals, and feel more independent again.
  • Behavioral Family Therapy (BFT) helps Veterans diagnosed with schizophrenia and their families learn about new communication and problem-solving skills, and also focuses on family education.

Explore more potential treatment options at VA by visiting the Learn About Treatment page.

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