Turning the Spotlight on Apathy: Identification and Treatment in Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

Schizophr Bull. 2023 Sep 7;49(5):1099-1104. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbad070.


Among negative symptoms, apathy is central to the impairments in real-life functioning in schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSD). Thus, optimizing treatment for apathy appears key to improve outcomes. In treatment research, however, negative symptoms are typically studied as a unifactorial construct. We, therefore, aim to shed necessary light on the status of apathy identification and treatment in SSD.

Keywords: Avolition; biological treatment; experiential symptoms; negative symptoms; psychosis; psychosocial treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Apathy*
  • Humans
  • Schizophrenia* / diagnosis
  • Schizophrenia* / therapy
  • Schizophrenic Psychology