“schizophrenia” – an idea, not a thing


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Clip from Jonathan Balazs’ excellent The Mars Project, interview with the equally excellent Dr Kwame McKenzie, explaining the process of a diagnosis comes to be constructed.

“Because we don’t have the pathology we can’t say what’s going on in the brain, the mind,or whatever,  we try and find the symptoms and cluster the symptoms together and we say we’ve got ‘this diagnosis’ or ‘that diagnosis’ and schizophrenia is a number of symptoms that have been put together to say that ‘this is an illness’.”

Schizophrenia is a number of symptoms that have been put together to say that ‘this is an illness’.”

“and that’s an idea, that’s not a thing”

 

To go straight to the interview begin at 1:16min.

 

 

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