Five published accounts of patients with 'schizophrenia' were reviewed in the light of the DSM-III diagnostic criteria. None of the accounts unequivocally met the DSM-III criteria for schizophrenia, but all did meet the criteria for some other psychiatric condition, especially affective disorders. The survey results suggest that popular accounts of 'schizophrenia' present a confusing picture of schizophrenia. Inasmuch as these accounts often are invoked to support 'cures,' the reading public is doubly misled, as when a naturally remitting condition such as depression is mistakenly called schizophrenia. The psychiatric profession has a responsibility to clarify diagnostic misconceptions put forth in popular literature, and DSM-III might provide more objective guidelines for this much-needed clarification.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Archives of General Psychiatry|
|Publication status||Published - 1981|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health