Although patients who meet Anreasen’s 2005 symptom remission criteria do in fact have, according to this study from the Netherlands, fewer symptoms; this remission is not related to social or functional recovery. The authors suggest that “that the current focus on symptomatic remission may reflect an overly restricted goal.” The study was published in the September issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Abstract → Oorschot, M., Lataster, T., et al; Symptomatic Remission in Psychosis and Real-Life Functioning. British Journal of Psychiatry. 2012, 201(3) 215-220