Swiss researchers investigated the paradox that both low and high levels of “insight” are a risk factor for poor outcomes such as depression, hopelessness, and lowered quality of life. They found, in a sample of 142 schizophrenia or schizoaffective disordered outpatients, that the perception of their illness as chronic and disabling was associated with depressive symptoms and demoralization, while a positive attitude toward recovery contributed to symptom reduction, functional improvement, and subjective well-being. Their recommendations will appear in an upcoming Journal of Clinical Psychology.
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