Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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  • Looking past James Coyne’s aggressively sensationalist language (‘cruel hoax’), his contention that it is “more typical” for individuals who experience psychosis to be “severely disturbed” is quite shocking in it’s potential to stigmatise, but also shockingly incorrect. Referring to the UK’s Royal College of Psychiatrists online information* about schizophrenia for example, we see that:

    “Many people with schizophrenia now never have to go into hospital and are able to settle down, work and have lasting relationships. For every 5 people with schizophrenia:

    1 will get better within five years of their first obvious symptoms
    3 will get better, but will have times when they get worse again
    1 will have troublesome symptoms for long periods of time.”

    Similarly, referring to a recent ten-year follow-up study** of 557 individuals with psychosis, we see that:

    “Sustained periods of symptom remission are usual following first presentation to mental health services for psychosis, including for those with a non-affective disorder; almost half recover.”

    It is unclear why Coyne has chosen to ignore current understanding about recovery from psychosis or schizophrenia, but it is clearly unhelpful to those with these experiences that he has.

    * http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders/schizophrenia.aspx
    ** http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/news/specialist-seminars/journal-club/2015-03-11-Reappraising-the-long-term.pdf