Cognitive-behavioral therapy for olfactory hallucinations and associated delusions: A case report

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Abstract

Olfactory hallucinations (OH) are experienced by a substantial minority of people with schizophrenia, often leading to social anxiety, depression and suffering. Yet, despite their prevalence and clinical significance, OH in schizophrenia are under-researched and poorly understood, with scarce information about potential treatments. To address this gap in the literature, the author describes a case report of successfully using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) to address OH, related delusions, as well as mood and social functioning difficulties in a male patient with schizophrenia. The results provide preliminary support for the feasibility and effectiveness of using CBTp to address OH and related delusions in individuals with schizophrenia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-123
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychotherapy
Volume70
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • CBT for psychosis
  • Delusions
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Social functioning
  • Triggers, behavioral experiments

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