Anosognosia is the inability to recognize one’s own disease and in the context of schizophrenia, it’s usually considered a symptom.
As far as I can gather, the thinking behind Anosognosia in this context, is that there is some deficit in higher thought, presumably from damage to the frontal lobes, leading to the inability of the schizophrenic to recognize the state of their own mind. Seems simple enough.
Now, there have been many intelligent, educated, rational people, although few and far between, that have challenged the notion that schizophrenia is a disease, Thomas Szasz, R.D. Lang, Giorgio Antonucci among others.
Does their intelligence or education make them correct? No. Intelligent, educated people reach incorrect conclusions all the time. They could simply be wrong on the matter. This doesn’t strike me as odd.
What does strike me as odd, is the notion that I am somehow precluded from following their reasoning to its conclusion or reaching similar conclusions myself.
So that if I were to agree with them, there would be no way to do so on a rational basis.
I have schizophrenia. I have Anosognosia.