Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) is a computer-based cognitive rehabilitation training program for adults with memory, processing speed, or executive planning deficits related to untreated mental illnesses. Essentially, CRT is a series of game-like “brain training” exercises based on science that helps many people think more clearly and quickly.
Protecting and improving cognitive functioning is part of our whole person approach, and is just one of the therapies offered to help our clients recover and reclaim their lives.
Over time, untreated mental illnesses can lead to long-term cognitive impairment – a loss of thinking and processing skills including memory, attention, problem-solving ability, and intelligence. Thought disorders also can impact a person’s social cognition – or “people skills” – including the ability to read nonverbal social cues like facial expressions or body language, or to see a situation from another person’s point of view.
Until recently, experts thought this type of cognitive decline was irreversible in certain situations. Today, research shows that in concert with therapy and medications, brain training through cognitive enhancement therapy can be effective not only in stopping cognitive decline, but even in reversing it in some situations.
Results are especially promising when CRT is started early in the course of a person’s mental illness, making it particularly important for young adults who are newly diagnosed.