There are significant cognitive and thought processing problems associated with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Bipolar disorder and major depression also have been show to have some similar cognitive problems. New research now shows that exercising the brain can produce positive effects where cognitive functions improve.
Cognitive skills training groups, computer-based exercises and neurocognitive exercises are employed to improve attention, concentration, planning, memory and other cognitive skills. These interventions teach cognitive awareness and cognitive skills that improve self-esteem, motivation and level of functioning in the community.