Nonadherence to psychotropic medication is one of the major obstacles when treating mental illnesses. Approximately 60% of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia discontinue their medication within 90 days of prescription. For those diagnosed with depression, 60% cease taking their prescribed medication within six months. Nonadherence is dichotomized into two types: (1) intentional nonadherence: actively choosing to forgo prescribed medication; and (2) unintentional nonadherence: secondary to forgetfulness, carelessness, or poor health literacy. Regardless of the mental illness, nonadherence is linked to relapse, …
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