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Schizophrenia – Tom's story

Being diagnosed with schizophrenia can be both emotionally and practically challenging. Listening to others who have experienced similar situations is often re-assuring and can be helpful for you and your loved ones or when preparing questions for your doctor or a specialist.

The patient aged 30 is an artist and musician. After a long period of things not being ‘quite right’, Tom went from being a ‘model student’ to a ‘bad student’. Much later, he started hearing voices and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He is now taking sulpiride and doing lots of music and painting and wants to make films.

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About cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is form of therapy where a psychologist works with you to change negative thought patterns and behaviour that’s causing you problems. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is one of the most common forms of therapy.

About insight therapies

Often known as 'talk therapy'. Talk therapy allows you to talk about your experiences with someone who’s good at figuring out why things are so difficult and who’s good at helping to sort through the possible solutions.

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This interview has been sourced from healthtalkonline.org, award-winning research into patient experiences in conjunction with the Health Experience Research Group at Oxford University, UK.

healthdirect doesn't endorse any personal opinions expressed in the video, and we recommend you discuss any questions you have regarding unfamiliar terms or descriptions, as well as how this experience compares to the Australian health care system, with a health professional.

Copyright: ©2013 University of Oxford. Used under licence from DIPEx. All rights reserved.

Sources:

healthtalk.org (Experiences of psychosis, 30-39 yrs, Tom - Interview 23), ReachOut (All about psychological treatments)

Last reviewed: August 2013

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