(l to r: J. van Os, E. Derks, R. Kahn, J. Lieberman, R. Murray)
On Tuesday, 28 November, SRF hosted a discussion on whether "schizophrenia" remains a valid or useful term/diagnostic category. The webinar was cosponsored by the journal Psychological Medicine, which recently published an opinion piece on the topic by Sinan Guloksuz and Jim van Os of the University of Maastricht, along with letters of response. Thanks to the journal for providing open access to the article and letters. (download below)
Van Os and his colleagues have consistently advanced the notion of a continuum of psychosis, with transitory or mild hallucinations, delusions, etc. experienced by "normal" people at one end and chronic and severe psychosis at the other end of the spectrum. Not only is this position supported by the research base, they argue, but adopting this position would in turn lead to further progress in research, not to mention more effective treatment and reduced stigma.
We heard from van Os, as well as from Psychological Medicine Editor Robin Murray, Rene Kahn of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and Jeffrey Lieberman of Columbia University.
Unfortunately, technical difficulties plagued our prerecorded presentation by Eske Derks of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, but you can watch it below.
We invite you to submit comments below on the webinar.
Guloksuz S, van Os J. The slow death of the concept of schizophrenia and the painful birth of the psychosis spectrum. Psychol Med. 2017 Jul 10:1-16. doi: 10.1017/S0033291717001775. PubMed
Zoghbi AW, Lieberman JA. Letter to the Editor: Alive but not well: the limited validity but continued utility of the concept of schizophrenia. Psychol Med. 2017 Oct 26:1-2. doi: 10.1017/S0033291717001969. PubMed