New Light on Why Some Psych Patients Don't Respond to Therapy
Although most psychiatrists have encountered patients who don't improve with treatment, novel research sheds some light on one possible explanation for this phenomenon. Investigators found that among patients who were "stuck" many believed that they didn't deserve to get better and were significantly less likely to adhere to, or complete, a treatment program.
@champa To the best of my knowledge, this subject hasn't been written about or explored before because we operate under the assumption that someone coming for ambulatory treatment, of course, wants to get better and thinks that they deserve to get better. This issue is not something complicated that a clinician would need to explore by administering some scale or clinical rating instrument. All you have to do is ask patients if they think they deserve to get better, particularly patients who seem to be 'stuck,' and explore what's underlying that belief.