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Vol 12, No 3 (2015)
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Schizophrenia as a disease of cognitive functioning

Anna Mosiołek
Psychiatria 2015;12(3):128-136.

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Vol 12, No 3 (2015)
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Abstract

It is increasingly suggested, that schizophrenia is much more than just psychosis. In his pioneering research, Bleuler already noticed that the essence of schizophrenia are not hallucinations or delusions, but the so-called axial symptoms, significantly affecting the global functioning of patients. The perception of schizophrenia as a disease of cognitive functioning means that in a completely different way we should look at treatment and rehabilitation of patients. In addition to pharmacotherapy that the treatment is of crucial importance, also we should focus on the training of cognitive functions that can improve the daily functioning of patients. Recent studies show that the use of long-acting medication improves the cognitive activity and myelination activity. This is particularly important in light of recent studies which shows that patients do not have a full awareness of cognitive deficits. Screening for cognitive function in schizophrenia, will help us in choosing both methods of treatment (oral form — long-acting drugs) and to assess the functioning of the CNS, and will observe the changes caused by the disease and treatment.

Abstract

It is increasingly suggested, that schizophrenia is much more than just psychosis. In his pioneering research, Bleuler already noticed that the essence of schizophrenia are not hallucinations or delusions, but the so-called axial symptoms, significantly affecting the global functioning of patients. The perception of schizophrenia as a disease of cognitive functioning means that in a completely different way we should look at treatment and rehabilitation of patients. In addition to pharmacotherapy that the treatment is of crucial importance, also we should focus on the training of cognitive functions that can improve the daily functioning of patients. Recent studies show that the use of long-acting medication improves the cognitive activity and myelination activity. This is particularly important in light of recent studies which shows that patients do not have a full awareness of cognitive deficits. Screening for cognitive function in schizophrenia, will help us in choosing both methods of treatment (oral form — long-acting drugs) and to assess the functioning of the CNS, and will observe the changes caused by the disease and treatment.

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Keywords

schizophrenia, cognitive deficits, treatment

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Title

Schizophrenia as a disease of cognitive functioning

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 12, No 3 (2015)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

128-136

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Psychiatria 2015;12(3):128-136.

Keywords

schizophrenia
cognitive deficits
treatment

Authors

Anna Mosiołek

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