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What’s In a Name? Schizophrenia Revisited

The discussion about a new name for schizophrenia gives us patients an opportunity to present afresh what our condition is really like, warts and all. It gives us the chance to present a more accurate picture — to be honest and open and get away from the misleading and mystifying image of a split mind or split personality.

In this way we can tackle inaccurate and often sensational reporting by journalists and editors working for newspapers, radio and television.

We need to emphasize that some of us — but not all — are on a recovery route, although for the large majority a complete recovery is not attainable.

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What’s In a Name? Schizophrenia Revisited

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  1. ” The stigma is unfair because those of us who have been diagnosed with the inaccurate, derogatory diagnosis of schizophrenia are not all in the same boat. ”

    I am sorry this person believes in “stigmas.” Has internalzied (at least verbally) this one.

    I am sorry he views a diagnosis (at least verbally)as “derogatory.”

  2. Very interesting article. It isn’t often that I come across such a well written piece from the schizophrenic point of view. Schizophrenia does have so many disorders within the general category that it would make some sense to break apart the disorder into multiple different sections. Most schizophrenics do not occupy the full spectrum, thus breaking up the general term could destroy some of the stigma mentioned by Bill George. If people are classified into a less general category of disorder they might feel more comfortable with the diagnosis and thus more likely to take their medications

  3. With the cuts in budget I wonder if there going to be increase of mental ill (schizophrenia) not being help.
    In may own state of Idaho they complete want to wipe out the PSR program which checks on mental ill to make sure ever thing is taken care and see if they been doing there meds right.

    Coffee is on.

  4. I like the Moon Mans comments. If we break this up into different catagories perhaps it would shed new light on what is going on with each patient. On the other hand that could just mean more compartments to put people in, which might not always fit. Hmmm

  5. According to the DSM, schizophrenia is already divided into categories such as schizophrenia, paranoid type. As for changing the name, there are two examples of name changes that did noting. Manic depression is now bipolar disorder; mental retardation is now developmental disorder. Why does it not make a difference? As people’s have exposure to the new name the old name is associated with it to explain what it is AND as information comes out about the “new” diagnosis the stigma attaches from personal experiences and news in the media. It makes no sense to change the name just so we have to make new connections to the name. Also, the DSM5 is continuing with the term schizophrenia.

  6. I really enjoyed ur artical, and WOW, !! i AM ALL FOR CHANGING THE NAME OF SCHIZPHRENIA, as its not me that is ill, it was my brother, [ which in those days it really was ta boo] and now my 23 yr old son, but he has it so much worse.. I had dealt with his illnes for 5 1/2 yrs, and he wasn’t will to get the help.. He was in and out of jails, Hospitals, group homes, on the streets, didn’t know if he was eating, and gave him what he needed when i saw him.. My heart broke for him, He stole my pain meds, and I just couldn’t help him anymore.. When U talk to the average person and say that U have a LOVED one with Schizophrenia they might laugh, or not understand, thats fine but i don’t like it when they Judge, without knowing about the illness.. I only know the ingformation, and workshops, and i do have my own Metal health illness, but I wouldn’t wish this illness on anyone without the right meds.
    As far as naming it a new name, I think they should put words togther like LOVE, SEE THINGS THAT R NOT THERE OR DIFFERENT, AND HEARING THINGS THAT R DIFFERENT AND AREN’T REAL..
    God Bless U all, going through this horrible illness, my 3 other kids, and the whole family want him, but he doesn’t want us, but he has been in recovery for just over a yr.. Lisa Mendolia..
    Ur all in my PRAYERS !!

  7. I recently watched a very inspiring documentary about a schizophrenic artist Alan Streets, which I believe should be mentioned.
    “My Name is Alan, and I Paint Pictures” is a film about the schizophrenic Artist Alan Streets.
    He is a streets painter who specializes in painting buildings in the street that are right in front of him. He travels all over the US and paints daily.
    The documentary My Name is Alan, and I Paint Pictures focuses on Alan’s life as he works to break his way into the professional art world.
    The film also addresses larger issues which directly or indirectly affect Alan. Subjects addressed include the treatment and diagnosis of Paranoid Schizophrenia; the therapeutic benefits of art for mental illness. Alan Streets sells his paintings on his website at
    Alan’s life and his daily struggles with schizophrenia is actually very inspiring.



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