Psychological treatments for schizophrenia attract renewed interest
Leslie Greenblat learned she had schizophrenia long after she had begun to hear,
in her words, "thought-voices." She heard them all the time, whether she was
driving, reading, shopping, or talking with friends. The disembodied remarks
seemed to come from someone whose intimidating and demoralizing pronouncements
couldn't be ignored.
Greenblat's condition first landed her in a psychiatric hospital in 1990. Over the
next 3 years, the young woman was briefly hospitalized another dozen times. After
each discharge, she took antipsychotic medications for a few months until the
thought-voices receded. Invariably, however, they returned.
Then Greenblat began psychotherapy with psychiatrist Ann Alaoglu at Chestnut
Lodge, a private psychiatric hospital in Rockville, Md. Although trained as a
psychoanalyst, Alaoglu didn't have Greenblat lie on a couch and dissect her
childhood. Instead, Alaoglu provided a relaxed environm