Schizophrenia: Talking therapies moderately effective
Cognitive behavioural therapy is an officially recommended treatment, but is available to less than 10% of patients in the UK with schizophrenia.
A study published in the Lancet indicates CBT could help the many who refuse antipsychotic medication. Experts say larger trials are needed.
About four-in-10 patients benefit from taking antipsychotic medication.
But the drugs do not work for the majority and they cause side-effects such as type 2 diabetes and weight gain.
Up to half of patients with schizophrenia end up not taking the drugs.
The study looked at cognitive behaviour therapy in 74 people.