In The Lancet Psychiatry, psychiatrist Jose Andres Saez Fonseca disposes with the language of “the diagnostic manuals,” and intimately describes two troubled people he once knew, and the very different inner worlds each of them lived within. He then laments that “schizophrenia” seems to be a poor and misleading label for either of these people’s experiences, let alone for both of them.
“Comparing Jacks’ and Mr B’s cases, they seemed to me to be completely at odds with one another,” writes Saez Fonseca. “To me at this point in time, the term schizophrenia is the worst possible compromise. It does not seem to describe the disorder well enough to account for how radically it can change the reality someone lives in. Additionally, I believe it can prevent people from thinking…”
(Free registration) The wood for the trees (Saez Fonseca, Jose Andres. The Lancet Psychiatry. January 2015. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(14)00139-4)