APA/WHO Drop the Stigmatizing Term "Schizophrenia"

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Thomas Brown
1 month ago
I’m sick and tired of the ‘othering’ that DSM labeling provokes. I’m sick and tired of the narrow, untrue, and unreal ‘understandings’ that DSM diagnoses promote.

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Michael Aguilar
Jul 26, 2020
Yolo

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Jamie Goslin
Jul 25, 2020
I have a son who experiences psychosis. He had not been diagnosed with schizophrenia but when I explain his symptoms to people they automatically make that connection. The first response to that word seems to be fear and hopelessness. How unfair for a person experiencing something so difficult to be met with those emotions. All because of the image a word puts in someone’s mind. I do believe changing the term would have significant impact.

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Jamie Goslin
Jul 1, 2020
I have a son experiencing psychosis and I see the fear and judgment in people’s eyes when anyone uses this term.

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Frank Ciervo
Jun 26, 2020
While I, thankfully, do not suffer from this misunderstood illness, I have from OCD and Panic Disorder. I am acutely aware of the stigmas we face with chemical causes for mental health issues. I support Dr. Koehler's efforts. Good luck to all!

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Penni Kolpin
Jun 26, 2020
While I don't think the term was initially introduced over a century ago with the intention of it being so stigmatizing, the word has certainly become that.

We should also quit calling everything a "disorder". That, too, is stigmatizing.

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Naomi Warner
Jun 24, 2020
This label is extremey damaging and stigmatising to an individual and their family very often and is not an accurate description or true reflection of the reality or what is someone's inner lived experiences.It is a devastating and harmful label to place on someone

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Helena Arthur
Jun 22, 2020
Psychiatric labels are stigmatising and don't take into account a person's lived experience and subsequent emotional distress which is usually a perfectly valid response to those adverse experiences.

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Anna Lampugnani
Jun 22, 2020
Stop the stigma and incorrect information

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Elena Coyne
Jun 21, 2020
I am diagnosed with Schizoaffective disorder and in contact with many people diagnosed with these conditions and have found this label to be personally harmful.