This is an another interesting article from the Schizophrenia Bulletin (one of the leading journals focused on schizophrenia research - but which frequently include articles from consumers/suffers of schizophrenia and other healthcare workers who focus on helping people who have schizophrenia. The full article is included below in PDF format that you can click and read.
The Importance of Talk Therapy - article from a person who has schizophrenia
In psychotherapy, medication was useful for stabilizing me and limiting some of my symptoms, but talk therapy has been the most important medicine for helping me cure my mental illness. I found the roots of my problems were negative and traumatic psychological experiences, which happened during and even before episodes. Talking about issues enabled me to find relief from ailments lodged in my subconscious, which affected me constantly. My first doctor overmedicated me and I also didn’t speak much during talk therapy because he was austere and seemed judgmental. I was afraid I would be criticized for past behaviors and mistakes. I only developed symptoms of depression due to lack of progression and overmedication, which compelled me to stop taking medication and lead to a second episode that simply means medication alone cannot cure a patient. After switching to my current doctor, I found true alleviation and healing with the lowest medication dosage I have ever taken (3-mg risperidone) and a great deal of talk therapy.
Growing up with cognitive impairment and a wider emotional range caused me many psychological issues before my psychotic episodes and fully developed mental illness. These impairments caused erratic behaviors in my youth and lead to estrangement and social dif - culties, which were precursors and contributing ailments during and after my schizoaffective episodes. I developed schizoaffective disorder partially because I have a wider emotional range which resulted in sleeplessness and other issues, partially from having difficulty thinking from cognitive impairment, but also from derangement from difficult social experiences growing up. On top of this, there are also many traumatizing experiences that occurred during my psychotic episodes, which contributed to my paranoia and social neurosis after my episodes. I became out of touch with reality and developed mental illness not only from physical deficiencies but also from psychological trauma.
Full article below: