Title

The concept of insight in mental illness

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2005

Abstract

Insight has traditionally been conceptualized as the capacity of a person to recognize his or her own illness, but the concept is much more than simply the knowledge of the presence or absence of an illness. The authors use descriptive and research literature in their comprehensive explanation of the concept of insight. The definition of insight and the historical perspectives on the development of the concept are described. The intricacies involved in the clinical assessment and measurement of insight are elucidated in detail, and the authors show how insight affects the compliance and outcome in all psychiatric disorders.

Publication Title

Primary Psychiatry

First Page

58

Last Page

61

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