In this unique book, Andrew Lotterman describes a creative approach to the psychotherapy of people diagsed with schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis. Lotterman focuses on specific techniques that can be used in psychological therapywith people who have symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, paraia, ideas of reference, looseness of association and pressured speech. Formerly titled Specific Techniques for the Psychotherapy of Schizophrenic Patients, this editionupdates research on the biology and psychology of psychosis and explores the many controversial issues surrounding diagsis. It also includes two new chapters on the psychology and treatment of paraia and on the experience of having ashattered self and the delusion of being the Messiah. Lotterman's invative approach aims to help patients with one of the most debilitating symptoms of psychosis: the collapse of language use. By restoring language as a way of communicatingthe patient's meaningful inner life to himself and to others, the patient is then able to undertake a more traditional form of verbal psychotherapy. The book presents detailed case histories of patients who have benefited from this method,highlighting the specific techniques used and the psychological improvements that followed. The approach presented here complements medication-based treatments that have only had partial success, as well as other psychological approachessuch as cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy and social skills training. Psychotherapy for People Diagsed with Schizophrenia will be a valuable text for clinicians working with people suffering from psychosis, including psychotherapists,psychoanalysts, psychologists, physicians and social workers. It will also be of great interest to academics and students.
Acknowledgements. Foreword. Preface. Introduction: 1 The Roles of Biology and Psychology in People Diagnosed with Schizophrenia. 2. Diagnosis. 3 Structuring the Treatment. 4. The Psychological Therapy of Patients Diagnosed withSchizophrenia. 5. Techniques in Specific Clinical Situations. 6. Mental Processes in People Diagnosed with Schizophrenia. 7. Outcome. 8. Paranoia: Clinical Presentation and Psychodynamics. 9. Two Clinical Syndromes: The Shattered Selfand the Wish to be the Messiah. 10. Comparison with Other Techniques. Appendix.