Supportive Psychotherapy in a Patient with Schizophreniform Disorder

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We describe the case of a young woman who presented with 'a constellation of disorganized thought processes, paranoid delusions, tactile hallucinations, and negative symptoms, including avolition and isolative behavior,' following the co-occurrence of two significant events in her life. The patient was diagnosed with schizophrenia, paranoid type. We describe the recovery model of psychotherapy they used to treat this patient and provide key patient management points and practice tips for the clinician. We suggest that when using the recovery model in the treatment of schizophrenia, the goal should not be that the patient have reduced need for medical, mental health, and social care, but rather that the patient experience 'improved quality of life and higher levels of functioning despite the illness.'