Do individuals who have SMI benefit from therapy?

Evidence-based practices (EBPs) include therapies that are studied scientifically in individuals who have SMI and are proven to be effective.

In fact, a large body of research shows that many EBPs are very effective in reducing debilitating symptoms. Two of the primary EBP approaches are Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy for psychosis (CBTp). In order for these treatments to be effective, individuals need to actively engage in their care and clinicians need to provide that care according to the principles and standards of the EBP.

Learn more about common myths around SMI and treatment, including therapy. See our infographic on this topic.



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