Psychology and Behavior Discuss Antipsychotic Term Paper

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Therapeutic communities are important and valuable tools, but certainly not for all patients. Often, the community is made up of a certain ward or unit of the hospital, rather than the entire facility. Clearly, some patients, such as those suffering from serious debilitating diseases such as dementia or severe schizophrenia might not be physically or mentally able to exist in such a facility. However, for others, who have specific issues or health problems, and are in the facility hoping for a cure, the community concept can help them become more sure of themselves, more able to function outside the facility, and give them confidence in their decision-making abilities.

Often this term describes those in a substance abuse facility, but it can relate to other disorders and treatment facilities as well. Some of these communities are all group based, while others combine individual counseling and therapy with group activities. The main idea is for everyone to be curious and open about each other, the staff, and the facility. Everyone in the group must participate or the idea of democracy and self-government does not work. Clearly, this idea is not applicable to every group and every setting, but it is quite effective for many patients and their families.

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