We Can Talk … But Can We Communicate?

Article Title: We Can Talk … But Can We Communicate?

Author(s): David Kingdon

Institute(s): Mental Health Care Delivery, University of Southampton, Royal South Hants Hospital, Southampton UK.

Journal: Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society, 2009, Vol. 6, No. 1, p. 3-4

Correspondence Address: dgk@soton.ac.uk.


In 2006, the American Journal of Psychiatry published an editorial ‘Are we still talking to our patients with schizophrenia?’1 in response to a review article on cognitive therapy for schizophrenia. It supported engaging in direct discussions with people experiencing psychosis about what they said – why they believed the government or their neighbours were conspiring against them or what exactly the voices they heard were saying. Evidence now supports skilled intervention for psychosis using exploration, formulation and discussion 2,3 and this has been reinforced in the recently revised NICE guidelines4.

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