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Communication therapy in a group of young schizophrenics

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Disorders of communication are very important in group therapy of schizophrenics. Three patterns typical for schizophrenic patients are reported by own experiences: The attempt to avoid any communication and not to define the relationship to other people. Double bind situation. The effort to drive the other person crazy. Possibilities of communication therapy are shown in these disorders. The aim of this kind of group therapy with schizophrenics is stable emotional functioning, supporting remarks about the relationship of group members between each other, neglecting the avoiding of such remarks by active intervention, and not accepting the patient's symbiotic needs towards the therapist. Finally the authors discuss the efficiency of group therapy with schizophrenics.

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Psychotherapeutical groups in Psychiatry--different to traditional Psychotherapy--are often carried out as open groups; the patient, not bound to a previous commitment to long-term and reliable attendance, is authorized to determine for himself how long he will take part in the group. Though in this way it is possible to decrease the threshold of participation in the group, on the other hand this may cause risk of an extreme high fluctuation. The analysis of a group of psychiatric patients shows that in spite of the open form, lack of a waiting list, and a faint motivation of newly admitted participants, considerable stability can be obtained.
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