He spoke last week at the World Hearing Voices Congress, held in Cardiff [that’s the capital city of Wales – and some would say, Rugby Union].
Here’s some of what Robin Murray said, as reported by Paul Baker…
Schizophrenia – is one hundred years enough?
- some in-patient units are horrendous
- particularly a problem in big cities.
- the education of psychiatrists has to be much better’. …
- lack of continuity of care is a problem: one individual met by the Commission had 23 psychiatrists in 3 years.
- the term ‘schizophrenia’ is a big problem and lacks validity. ‘Psychosis’ is a better term; doesn’t suggest degeneration.
- Data from UK 2000 National Morbidity Survey:
- voice-hearing reported by about 9% of general population.
- Genetic, social, imaging research shows there’s no discreate ‘schizophrenia’ but a continuum of liability to psychosis
- there is no ‘schizophrenic brain’ or ‘schizophrenic genome’.
- best predictor of psychosis rates in English cities is the proportion of people who vote in a general election
Sir Robin Murray, this is all good to hear from one of the leaders of medical establishment’s biggest research teams and we are pleased you came to the world hearing voices congress to make clear conclusions from years and years of research .
but , this next statement does not ring true..
“I haven’t used the word schizophrenia for 10 years. It’s stigmatising, has no validity, & implies deterioration”
Sir Robin, we like that you’re saying this: we would. though, like to point out that it looks like you haven’t updated your “official” profile for at least 10 years… since it includes the s-word at least five times, notwithstanding [oh how we like that word so much in Canada that it has a special clause in the constitution] that you are the chair of the UK Commission on S …..” and are the world’s #3 most cited scientist on S…
so, we’re a bit puzzled and ask :what gives?
…and wonder, do you realize you’re sounding a bit difficult to understand: a bit like like “a voice”, in fact . We suggest a voice dialogue might be helpful in uncovering what you’re trying to say on that.
- Holistic Recovery from Schizophrenia – Rossa Forbes (recoverynetworktoronto.wordpress.com)
- what next for the truth? Suzanne Beachy (recoverynetworktoronto.wordpress.com)
- Beyond The Brain – Tania Lurhmann (recoverynetworktoronto.wordpress.com)
- Living With Voices – T M Lurmann (recoverynetworktoronto.wordpress.com)