An inquiry into the ‘Schizophrenia’ label has been launched by a group of organizations and individuals concerned about the meaning and usefulness of ‘schizophrenia’ and similar labels such as ‘psychosis.’ The Inquiry aims to investigate the impact this label has on people’s lives and to collect evidence from people, including mental health service users and carers, those (including professionals) who use these labels to describe mental health problems in other people, and those who have concerns about the use of such labels. (From the press release)
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As always, the word itself speaks.
“schizophrenia” isn’t only a “label” – it is an actual word that has been created by someone’s mind. The mind that produced the word most likely had an experience or specific education that allowed for the birth of the word.
“sch” family of words. According to this site, there are 258 of them: http://www.morewords.com/starts-with/sch/.
I haven’t located the meaning of “sch” but if you consider the meaning of “para” (and the Para Family of words), that should allow for a better understanding of “sch” and “schizophrenia”.
I think it’s a bit of a waste of resources to “investigate the impact” of a word that you KNOW is heavily loaded and packs a deadly punch. The word is ominous, foreboding, cursed and a death sentence. It is a judgment, and a condemnation.
It is a desperately ugly word, no matter who says it or who hears it.