Cognitive Training Benefits Patients with Schizophrenia
For the past decade, Dr. Sridhar Yaratha has served as an outpatient psychiatrist at Gateway Homes in Chesterfield, Virginia. Now also a private practitioner, Dr. Sridhar Yaratha facilitates the treatment of individuals with schizophrenia and other chronic mental illnesses. 

Chronic schizophrenia can be one of the most challenging mental illnesses to treat. Patients may have a broad range of symptoms, including hallucinations and memory impairment. The condition often leaves patients unable to believe that they are ill.

A new study from the University of California, San Diego, has found that targeted cognitive training (TCT) can alleviate symptoms and improve function in patients with severe schizophrenia. TCT uses laptops to present learning and memory games, many with auditory cues to target the areas of the brain affected by schizophrenia.

This study builds on prior research that points to a mechanism in TCT that strengthens auditory function. Other research has demonstrated a connection between disrupted auditory processing and auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia. This research gives further credence to the validity of cognitive training for schizophrenia and heralds new opportunities for otherwise treatment-resistant patients.
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