The real problem with ‘schizophrenia'

David Crepaz-Keay, Head of Empowerment and Social Inclusion:

"A new report confirms that people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia get poor services and die significantly younger than they should. This is no great surprise, but it is a scandal. Do not, however, expect much by way of public outcry, resignations, apologies, or indeed much response at all.

There are two major problems that need to be addressed, the first is the discrimination faced by problems with a diagnosis. In addition to the life shortening effects of toxic prescribing, add poverty, unemployment, social isolation and a whole heap of lifestyle issues and it's no surprise anything between 15 and 20 years of life are stolen.

The second, and more fundamental issue is hardly touched on. Schizophrenia is a rubbish diagnosis. It's unreliable, inconsistent, doesn't indicate effective treatment, encourages discrimination and marks people as beyond hope. Half of the problems I experienced growing up with a diagnosis of Schizophrenia were down to the diagnosis and how people treated me as a result, and half of the remaining problems were down to the medication. In comparison, dealing with hearing and seeing things is manageable with the right support.

With DSM V and ICD 11 just around the corner, I think the world would be a better place if the word Schizophrenia had vanished altogether."
Published 14 November 2012 |
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