Many Inoculated Against Science In Understanding Schizophrenia

In earlier posts (“Too Much Pop Psytchology and “Alzheimer’s and Schizophrenia”), I talked about the medical and scientific evidence that exists demonstrating that schizophrenia (and other serious mental illnesses) are diseases of the brain. While these are diseases, many people commonly refer to them as mental health issues or mental health problems.

Issues and problems are terms that, frankly, I fail to understand. After all, we do not call insulin-dependent diabetes a pancreatic issue or a pancreatic problem. Even type II diabetes which has a considerable life style cause, is not referred to as a problem or an issue. Why, then, do we not recognize schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses as diseases?…

By Marvin Ross

The Huffington Post Canada


  1. While a vast industry attempts to show that schizophrenia is a “brain disease” it is remarkable that there is still no medical test that can identify someone as having schizophrenia. And while some point out that certain brain difference are found more frequently in people diagnosed with schizophrenia, those differences are also often not found, and they are also found some of the time in people who definitely don’t have schizophrenia. Other studies show these same brain differences are often found in children who have been abused, suggesting they may be a reaction to life events, not the result of a “disease.”
    Furthermore, there are many stories of people making a full recovery from schizophrenia through psychological approaches and shifts in self understanding – a finding that is not common for example in diseases of the pancreas. So there is good reason to be cautious about making biological assumptions about “schizophrenia” and for using language which expresses openness to our uncertainty about what is really going on.

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