Art Therapy Yields No Improvement in Schizophrenia Symptoms

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According to the current study by Crawford and colleagues, schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder affecting as many as 1 in 100 persons during the lifespan. In addition to positive symptoms of hallucinations and delusions, patients also experience negative symptoms of loss of energy, impaired attention, and impaired motivation. Although drug therapy is often offered with psychological and social support, art therapy has been discussed as having the potential to reduce symptoms but has rarely been studied as a therapy.

This rater-blinded, parallel-group, randomized controlled trial compares art therapy, activities therapy, and usual care in outpatients diagnosed with schizophrenia.

http://www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e846

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  1. Maitreyee Angelo says:

    I have read some of your blog posts and am reaching out to seek your help – and perhaps from your readers as well. We are currently undertaking a research study focused on understanding the experience of caregivers who oversee patients suffering from Schizophrenia in their families. The objective of the study is to understand the emotional dimensions and challenges of caregiving to Schizophrenia patients—and to identify resources and support for these caregivers. In particular, our focus targets diverse families—including Hispanic, African American, Asian, and Asian Indian caregivers.

    We are hoping to identify caregivers and solicit their participation in this study. Caregivers would participate in a 60 to 90 minute discussion facilitated by a research investigator and compensated between $150 to $250 for their time. The size of this honoraria depends on whether the interview is conducted in-person or remotely (via telephone or video chat). In addition, we can conduct these interviews in up to 15 different languages—so English-proficiency is not a requirement for participation.

    Again, the purpose of this research is to better understand caregiving experiences and identify better opportunities to provide support to caregivers of Schizophrenia patients. There will be no solicitation of business of any kind, or any discussion of medication, medical products, insurance coverage, etc. All information shared will be strictly confidential and used for research purposes only. No information will ever be used or shared in a public forum. We will not need any patient-specific information either.

    Could you kindly help me in contacting some caregivers? I”m based in Chicago and would like to speak to at least 4 Asian Indian caregivers in this area. I need another 4 people in other parts of the country. If you wish to speak with me, my phone number is 630-631-3121. Please feel free to also email me. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you! Maitreyee Angelo

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