Critical Psychiatry Position on Schizophrenia


On Critical Psychiatry, Duncan Double discusses an article written by MIA Blogger Joanna Moncrieff and Hugh Middleton. “They argue that the concept of ‘schizophrenia’ is neither valid, nor useful, and suggest replacing it with more generic concepts such as ‘psychosis’ or ‘madness’.”

Critical psychiatry position on schizophrenia (Critical Psychiatry, February 27, 2015)

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  1. Most people in psychiatric hospitals might be ‘diagnosed’ but they are not mad or psychotic. They have something bothering them that they need to find a way to be at peace with. So maybe ‘bothered’ might be a useful description. If a person is very upset, they might be having a ‘crisis’.

    ‘Schizophrenia’ suggesting sinister illness would be deliberately misleading.

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