Canadian researchers find that 31 people with first-episode schizophrenia diagnoses were as happy as 29 controls, according to a self-reported questionnaire measuring happiness, life satisfaction, success and functioning. The study discusses implications for rehabilitation efforts that assume an individual holds to the same drives and goals as before the illness onset and/or is unhappy with the present functional state. Results are available online today from Schizophrenia Research.
Abstract → Agid, O., McDonald, K., et al. “Happiness in First-Episode Schizophrenia.” Schizophrenia Research, online August 15, 2012