Medical Definition of Avolition

By | July 28, 2018

Medical Definition of Avolition


gagement in goal-directed behaviorMany people with schizophrenia experience avolition, or apathy, feeling drained of energy and of interest in normal goals and unable to start or follow through on a course of action.

Ronald J. Comer, Abnormal Psychology, 7th edition2010


In studies at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, we have found that schizophrenia patients with avolitional pathology are a minority and that the presence of that pathology helps define a separate putative disease entity within the schizophrenia syndrome …

—William T. CarpenterThe American Journal of PsychiatrySeptember 2010


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