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Just six sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can substantially reduce psychiatric patients' levels of worrying, reducing the severity of delusions of persecution.

These findings from a new clinical trial suggest that CBT could potentially help to prevent mental illnesses before they happen in at-risk people.  

The study, published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry, was funded by the UK’s Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (EME) Programme, an MRC and NIHR partnership. It was carried out by researchers at the Universities of Oxford, Southampton, and Manchester.

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