Friday, January 31, 2014

Anosognia is a Lack of Awareness. It is common and it is real.

Anosognosia is a common symptom of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder with psychotic features. Also called "lack of awareness" or "lack of insight," it has an anatomical basis that has been confirmed in multiple scientific studies.  The word itself comes from the Greek word for disease (nosos) and knowledge (gnosis) and literally means “to not know a disease.” It affects approximately 50 percent of individuals with schizophrenia and 40 percent of individuals with bipolar disorder and is the most common reason that individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar do not take their medications. When taking medications, awareness of illness improves in some patients.  -The Treatment Advocacy Center

In this video, learn about the condition, see how it looks and hear what is needed:

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