Diagnostic discrepancy in personal accounts of patients with 'schizophrenia'

Carol S North, R. Cadoret

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-137
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of General Psychiatry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1981


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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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