International Society Removes “Schizophrenia” From Its Name


Calling “schizophrenia” an unscientific and stigmatizing construct – with little or no reliability or validity – that implies people with the diagnosis have an irreversible brain disease, the International Society for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and Other Psychoses has dropped the label from its name to become the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. Time to remove those “dehumanizing” categories of people and personally and time to also admit the inability for the many professional psychiatrist and their incompetency in dealing with human mental health — more than ever, science alone or cognitive intelligence alone without wisdom and affective domain that are activated — there is no cure . and pharmacy based psychology is a quack now as it was two hundred years ago 🙂

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