Dr. Brian Koehler is petitioning the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization to drop the stigmatizing term “schizophrenia.” Click here to sign the petition.
I doubt they’ll drop it. Didn’t Szasz write about “Schizophrenia” as psychiatry’s “sacred cow,” or something to that effect?
“Sacred symbol,” actually.
But now that it’s known that the “schizophrenia treatments,” the antipsychotics/neuroleptics, can create both the negative and positive symptoms of “schizophrenia.” The negative symptoms can be created via neuroleptic induced deficit syndrome and the positive symptoms can be created via antidepressant and/or antipsychotic induced anticholinergic toxidrome.
Which means that “schizophrenia” is primarily an “illness” with an iatrogenic, as opposed to “genetic,” etiology. Which should be an enormous embarrassment for the psychiatric industry, if they have any ethics and morals whatsoever.
So maybe now it is time for the psychiatrists to stop defaming people with this stigmatization, and turning legitimately distressed healthy people into “schizophrenics” with the neuroleptic drugs? Although, again, that will only happen if the psychiatrists have any ethics and morals whatsoever, which doesn’t seem to be the case for the majority of psychiatrists.
You’re probably right, survivor, although I prefer the notion that “schizophrenia” is one of psychiatry’s sacred wastebasket cows, accompanying “depression” and “ADHD” among the other herd members in the pasture.
My two cents: The racial epithet is a word that has several functions. It is used to demean and to stereotype. It is used as a show of superiority by one man, usually a white man, to insult and degrade a black man.
There are several words that are in common usage that make me cringe as they are often used in the same way a racial epithet is used. They are:
1. Mentally ill, the mentally ill
5. BPD, borderline
6. “The wrong hands”
these words are often used as a means to diminish and degrade a man or a woman. consider how the comment would read if a racial epithet were substituted for any of these words.
Like a racial epithet, these words are often used as a disability epithet to portray a man as subhuman. They are slurs. They all should be eliminated.