Computer-Facilitated Therapy: Reality-Based Dialogue with People with Schizophrenia
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Schizophrenia is often characterized by deficits in information processing, attention, and memory that profoundly disrupt communication. Two vignettes are presented to illustrate how computer word-processing technique can be used with people with schizophrenia to facilitate reality-based conversation, to help them remember or remain focused in therapy session, and to participate with them in the development of cognitive-behavioral statements in managing their psychiatric symptoms. By visually representing the spoken words on the computer screen, the author hypothesizes that people with schizophrenia can partially compensate for the difficulties in remaining focused in a typically auditory-based conversational mode. Print-outs given from the conversational sessions can also be helpful as a memory aid.
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