Sofia 3 Hall - Marinela

Neuroscience-Based and Recovery-Oriented CBT for Schizophrenic Patients

Hisham Ramy, Michele Procacci, Antonio Pinto, Alexander Erichev Speaker

Schizophrenia, in all its aspects - clinical, psychopathological, rehabilitative and therapeutic - constitutes the central problem in modern psychiatry. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers schizophrenia one of the ten most serious disabling conditions afflicting humankind. If we consider that the incidence of this disorder is around 1% of the population, without significant variation worldwide, it is clear that this dramatic condition affects millions of people. Keeping in mind both the burden of human suffering this pathology creates for the entire family and the enormous social costs, it becomes evident that the treatment of schizophrenia is one of the most important challenges facing psychiatry today. Given this dramatic and complex reality, we are forced to admit to the persistent backwardness of our understanding of the dynamics of the illness and, above all, to the lack of an unequivocal, systematic, and satisfying therapeutic approach. Recently some new CBT protocols for making possible the recovery form schizophrenia has been set up. Tullio Scrimali, with his Entropy of Mind and Negative Entropy, set up a neuroscience and recovery based CBT approach to the treatment of psychotic patients. Furthermore, Aaron T. Beck recently has incorporated some topics coming from recovery movement into his therapeutic approach to schizophrenia. During the round table some Authors, active in the field of schizophrenia’s treatment in three Countries (Italy, Egypt and Russia) of three Continents (Europe, Asia and Africa) will present and discuss their scientific and clinical experience when working with psychotic patient applying a CBT neuroscience based and recovery oriented approach to CBT for schizophrenic patients. Reference: Scrimali, T (2008). Entropy of Mind and Negative Entropy. A Cognitive and Complex Approach to Schizophrenia and its Therapy. London: Karnac Books.

Chair: Tullio Scrimali 1*

Discussants: Hisham Ramy 2*, Michele Procacci 3*, Antonio Pinto 4*, Alexander Erichev 5*

Discussants' Affiliations:
1*: University of Catania, Catania, Italy;
2*: Ain Sham University of Cairo;
3*: Terzocentro di Psicoterapia Cognitiva Comportamentale, Rome;
4*: ASP 1 Napoli;
5*: Department of Biopsychosocial Rehabilitation in the Mental Disorders of Bekhterev Psychoneurological Research Institute, Russia