Authors: Xavier Amador, NY, USA
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: anosognosia, REFUSAL OF TREATMENT
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Poor insight into illness is common in individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar and related disorders. About 50% of all persons with these illnesses do not believe they are ill and do not accept treatment. Research on the problem of poor insight reveals that this is often a symptom of illness (anosognosia) rather than a coping strategy (denial). The research shows that the usual strategies of trying to confront, or convince, someone they are mentally ill and need help is usually ineffective. There is another approach.