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Re: experts say...ditch schizophrenia label xbunny

Posted by Squiggles on October 11, 2006, at 8:33:34

In reply to Re: experts say...ditch schizophrenia label, posted by xbunny on October 11, 2006, at 5:08:29

I'm supporting the scrapping of the schizophrenia
categorizing, not because i don't believe there
are similar clusters of symptoms to be found in
delusional psychoses of this type.

Rather, it is a desperate measure in the present state of ignorance in neuropsychiatry. Until the function of the brain which gives rise to the shifting climates of thinking and feeling that we call normal, is understood, described and predicted, we have to stumble in the darkness, and listen to the patient's complaints. So, an observational approach is more reliable than a diagnostic according to diagnosic tools that we don't have. There is endocrinology, and MRIs --
maybe those can be helpful in some cases. Etiology is so hard.

Until medicine cracks this frontier, we have some mostly bad drugs to treat some of these symptoms. These drugs are made on the basis of neurological hypotheses about what causes depression and hallucinations. In a sense they are experimental. As far as the patient is concerned and how he copes with these drugs, heroin would be a more sensible drug to give, as it covers so many psychotic states, with relatively less harm. Cheaper too.





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