Cognitive Retraining

Cognitive Retraining

Mental illness is an all-encompassing condition. It affects a person’s physical, psychological, social and emotional health. Nevertheless, it is a common misconception that all psychological disabilities currently have no known cure. While it is true that some disorders are considered chronic, almost all can be treated and conquered.

Treating some types of mental illness takes a combination of extensive assessment, medication, and proper therapy. Each condition requires a set of varying treatment options. Given ample research surrounding psychological infirmity, most available professional care has been successful in helping a patient cope and deal with their condition. Arguably, one of the most interesting treatments for mental illness at present is cognitive retraining.

“A sick thought can devour the body's flesh more than fever or consumption.`` ― Guy de Maupassant

What is Cognitive Retraining?

Cognitive training is defined as a treatment strategy that aims to improve or bring back a patient’s ability to utilize the full extent of their cognitive abilities. This type of therapy focuses on developing attention, memory, organizing and reasoning skills, problem- solving, and decision-making.

At the heart of cognitive training is the concept of the brain as a muscle. In general, muscles grow stronger with repeated exercises and drills. With each training session, a patient’s brain is restored back to its normal faculties.

``A desire to be in charge of our own lives, a need for control, is born in each of us. It is essential to our mental health, and our success, that we take control`` - Robert Foster Bennett

What can be Expected from Cognitive Retraining?

This type of mental illness treatment involves plenty of repetitive drills that seek to accustom a patient with conducting integral mental tasks. Cognitive training requires constant feedback. The length of the cognitive training program is highly dependent on the type of mental illness and the severity of the condition. Some patients undergo retraining for a few days. Subsequently, people with more severe disabilities may need months’ worth of retraining.

What are the Different Types of Cognitive Retraining?

There are seven types of cognitive training – attention training, memory retraining, organizational skills retraining, reasoning, problem-solving, decision-making training and executive skills training.

  • Attention Training – This type of cognitive training seeks to improve a patient’s ability to maintain undivided concentration to any given task.  Moreover, attention training aims to reduce fatigue from concentrating and develop coping mechanism in order to stave from distractions
  • Memory Retraining – Memory retraining requires experts to equip people with mental illness with the necessary tools that can help them recall and retain certain types of information.
  • Organizational Skills Training – Organization skills training is an integral step in assimilating a patient to normal life following treatment.  This type of training involves teaching patients’ skills that would enable them to keep track of their belongings and to accomplish tasks in a timely manner.
  • Reasoning – Reasoning training pertains to therapy that develops a patient’s ability to organize information in a logical and rational manner.  Strategies include: enumerating facts, eliminating irrelevant details, constructing logical order to solve a problem and developing ways to avoid spiraling into irrational thinking.
  • Problem-Solving – This type of cognitive retraining requires a patient to determine a problem, evaluate possible solutions, seek advice from point people, choose the best solution to the problem and evaluate whether the problem was solved by the action taken.
  • Decision-Making Training – The goal of decision-making training is to equip patients with the ability to assess thoroughly every choice involved in making a decision before taking action.
  • Executive Skills Training – Executive skills are considered higher-level cognitive abilities.  This type of training involves patient’s controlling their thinking, thinking in advance, managing their time and actions and acting in a socially acceptable manner.

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