Letters “Schizophrenia” does not exist

Schizophrenia: changing the name and broadening the concept is problematic

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1080 (Published 23 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1080
  1. Iris E Sommer, professor of psychiatry1,
  2. William T Carpenter, professor of psychiatry2
  1. 1University Medical Centre Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, Utrecht, Netherlands
  2. 2Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD, USA
  1. i.sommer{at}umcutrecht.nl

Schizophrenia and most other psychotic disorders are heterogeneous clinical syndromes. For treatment to be individualised, underlying factors need to be explored. Van Os’s suggestion of combining different types of psychotic disorder into the single category of “psychosis susceptibility syndrome” is problematic.1 The proposed broad category would increase the number of cases …

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