“Psychosis Susceptibility Syndrome”… It is certainly a better term than ‘schizophrenia’, but does it allow for the idea of recovery as a core issue?
We thank Anoiksis, the Dutch patients association of and for people who are vulnerable to psychosis (Anoiksis is Greek for the opening out in spring), for this contribution
Since its adoption, the name schizophrenia has acquired a degree of stigma, which has recently been further heightened as a result of a number of isolated incidents involving patients attacking innocent bystanders. This stigma is acknowledged by many to be a hindrance to the acceptance, understanding, and thereby, treatment of the actual condition.
In recognition of this we held a national competition in 2009 to find a new name, and informed the American Psychiatric Association (Goliath to our David). Several alternatives were considered, including “dysfunctional perception syndrome” and “Bleuler syndrome”, before the final proposal “psychosis susceptibility syndrome (PSS)”, was accepted.
In the summer of 2014 we wrote a letter about it to The Lancet which was published in the correspondence columns of The…
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