The Effects of Relaxation Sessions on Violent Outbursts in a Patient Described as a Mentally Retarded Epileptic with Chronic Schizophrenia
The various techniques for inducing relaxation and training in stress management are now well established as effective therapeutic procedures. As well as its use in anxiety management it is now often included in a wide variety of treatment packages for many different behavioural problems. Of these applications one of the more interesting fields of work at the moment is the use of relaxation training with cognitive behavioural procedures. This is particularly true of the application of these techniques to those hospital populations described as psychotic or retarded. It has been effectively shown that low intelligence does not preclude the use of these techniques (Mahoney and Mahoney, 1976) and workers have used progressive relaxation with desensitisation on the retarded with good results (Peck, 1976). There are also indications that relaxation sessions in themselves can have definite beneficial effects on psychotic symptomology (Slade, 1972).
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