CPD approaches to the treatment of paranoid thoughts


In this podcast, Dr Daniel Freeman gives an introduction to the cognitive behavioural approach for dealing with paranoid thoughts.


Date published: 11 February 2009

Audio running time: 14 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes:


By the end of this podcast we hope you will:


  • be able to provide a working definition of paranoia

  • have an appreciation of the widespread prevalence of paranoid thoughts

  • understand the aims of the CBT approach when dealing with paranoid thoughts, such as:

    • being able to empathise with the patient to understand why the paranoia is occurring

    • being able to help identify the events and experiences that lead to the paranoia


  • be familiar with the key steps in CBT for the treatment of paranoid thoughts

  • appreciate the similarities and differences between CBT for the treatment of anxiety and depression, and for the treatment of paranoid thoughts.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2009. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.
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