AP Drops “Schizophrenic”


As part of a broader shift away from labeling people, the Associated Press Stylebook no longer sanctions referring to people as “schizophrenic,” suggesting instead the term “diagnosed with schizophrenia.”

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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. That article is about “illegal immigrants” and it seems that they just used “Schizophrenic” and “Diagnosed with schizophrenia” as an example. Or maybe I am wrong, but it sure looks like they weren’t talking about any issue relating to people “diagnosed with schizophrenia”

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  2. I put this here for lack of a better place. The news of Rick Warren’s son suicide are all around the internet. While it is very obvious that right now all we can do is to offer our prayers, for those of us who are believers, this presents an opportunity after the family has had the time to grief. From the information that has been made public, he might have been the n-th victim of SSRIs. I think we should try to recruit Rick Warren for our cause. Enlisting Rick Warren would get us very far.

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