When acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) was added to treatment, people with psychosis experienced less distress and were less likely to be re-hospitalized, according to a new study in Schizophrenia Research.
After four months, both ACT and ‘treatment as usual’ reduced psychotic symptoms. However, those who did not receive ACT were 3.76 times more likely to be re-hospitalized. Only those who received ACT improved over time on a measure of overall psychological distress.
“ACT-IN is feasible and acceptable for patients with psychosis, can be implemented by hospital staff when integrated into acute treatment, and may result in decreased rehospitalization compared to alternative therapies,” the researchers write.
Brandon A. Guadiano led the research at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
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Peter Simons was an academic researcher in psychology. Now, as a science writer, he tries to provide the layperson with a view into the sometimes inscrutable world of psychiatric research. As an editor for blogs and personal stories at Mad in America, he prizes the accounts of those with lived experience of the psychiatric system and shares alternatives to the biomedical model.