Toward a terminology for functional recovery in schizophrenia: Is functional remission a viable concept?

Philip D. Harvey, Alan S. Bellack

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Abstract

Recovery in schizophrenia is receiving increasing attention. Part of the increased focus is based on the recent working criteria for clinical remission in schizophrenia and the realization that many people with schizophrenia meet these criteria for remission. In this article, we consider whether functional disability can also be evaluated in a "remission" model. In so doing, we evaluate the concept of clinical remission, evaluate the possibility of remission of other generally stable features of schizophrenia such as negative symptoms, and make some heuristic terminological recommendations. We also propose a "level and breadth" model for the definition of functional remission and examine some of the alternate influences that could produce suboptimal everyday functioning, including effort, motivation, and societal barriers toward functional achievement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-306
Number of pages7
JournalSchizophrenia bulletin
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Functional disability
  • Recovery
  • Remission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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