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Re: bipolar? schizophrenia?

Posted by baseball55 on February 5, 2018, at 17:39:19

In reply to Re: bipolar? schizophrenia? Christ_empowered, posted by SLS on February 5, 2018, at 12:06:18

I imagine some of the differences in social class you observe among those diagnosed with schizophrenia derive from the LOSS of social class that occurs when people are rendered disabled from schizophrenia. My nephew has schizophrenia - constant delusions, paranoia, hallucinates voices telling him to kill himself. His symptoms are only partly in control with meds. His ability to function in life has been destroyed by this and he in incapable of caring for himself. He is on disability and (lucky for us and him) is living in a group home rather than on the street or in prison.

While I sympathize wth those diagnosed as schizophrenic following an isolated psychotic episode due to bipolar or drugs, the idea that schizophrenia is some myth (al a Thomas Szasz) to control deviants (either in terms of social class or unconventional ideas and behaviors) simply denies the reality of people like my nephew.

I spent a LOT of time in psychiatric hospitals due to psychotic depression. I was not mis-diagnosed as schizophrenic. But I encountered many people with schizophrenia. It is a debilitating, devastating, all-encompassing and often untreatable disease.


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