How a digitalized application may provide therapeutic effects against paranoia
New research in JAMA Psychiatry showcased a new UK-led mobile application capable of reducing paranoid thoughts among people suffering from psychosis.
According to researchers at King’s College London, paranoia is triggered by fast thinking, in which bringing down the pace of thoughts may contribute to experiencing less paranoid thoughts.
From the findings: “This randomized clinical trial of 361 individuals with clinical paranoia did not demonstrate that SlowMo therapy reduced the primary outcome of self-reported paranoia at 24 weeks compared with usual care only, although secondary beneficial effects were found on this measure at 12 weeks.”
The study involved 361 participants, most of which were male, White, and in mid-adulthood.
“Self-reported persecution and observer-rated paranoia were improved at both points,” the King’s College London research team unveiled.
“SlowMo, a digitally supported reasoning intervention, indicated a beneficial effect on paranoia; further work to optimize the effects of SlowMo is warranted.”