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Does Schizophrenia Exist? FREE debate in London, Wednesday 29 January 6pm

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  • Rosemary Moore
    Does Schizophrenia Exist? FREE debate at the Maudsley Hospital, Institute of Psychiatry Wednesday, 29 January, 6pm. Refreshments (also free) at 5.30pm
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 27, 2003
      Does Schizophrenia Exist?
      FREE debate at the Maudsley Hospital, Institute of Psychiatry
      Wednesday, 29 January, 6pm.
      Refreshments (also free) at 5.30pm
      http://www.iop.kcl.ac.uk/iop/News/mdebates.shtml
      Contact: (020) 7848 0787, email: maudsley.debates@...

      This debate is open to all and attendees have an opportunity to vote before
      and after the debate and contribute to the discussion.

      NOTE: THIS DEBATE WILL BE AUDIOTAPED
      SHORT DISCUSSION PAPER (summary below)
      Both available on request - see below

      The Wolfson Lecture Theatre
      Institute of Psychiatry
      King's College London, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF
      Map and travel information: http://www.iop.kcl.ac.uk/IoP/where.shtml
      Telephone: +44(0)20 7836 5454
      enquiries@...

      Information from Professor Robin M Murray and Dr Kimberlie Dean about the
      debate:

      http://www.iop.kcl.ac.uk/iop/News/mdebates.shtml
      'SCHIZOPHRENIA - THE ULTIMATE DELUSION'
      Motion: 'This house believes that schizophrenia does not exist'.

      Date: Wednesday 29th January 2003 at 6pm. Refreshments available from
      5.30pm.
      Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Institute of Psychiatry (address above)

      Chair: Professor ROBIN MURRAY, Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of
      Psychiatry, London

      Supporting the motion:
      Professor JIM VAN OS, Professor of Psychiatry at Maastrixht University, The
      Netherlands, and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, London -
      argues that the concept of schizophrenia is not only unhelpful but harmful.
      Professor RICHARD BENTALL, Professor of Experimental Clinical Psychology,
      University of Manchester - also supports the motion and believes that our
      focus should be on symptoms which cause distress rather than disease
      labelling.

      Opposing the motion:
      Dr PETER MCKENNA, Consultant Psychiatrist, Cambridge - is an outspoken
      advocate of the notion of schizophrenia which he believes has 'stood the
      test of time'.
      Professor ANTHONY DAVID, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, Institute o
      f Psychiatry, London - also opposes the motion as he favours the continuing
      use of schizophrenia in clinical practice and research.

      A Maudsley Discussion Paper is available on this topic.
      (These short papers deal with controversial topics in mental health and aim
      to stimulate discussion.)
      DOES SCHIZOPHRENIA EXIST?
      Paper No. 12
      Jim Van Os & Peter McKenna
      Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London
      SUMMARY
      Since the beginnings of medicine, physicians and their patients have assumed
      that a doctor's ability to understand and alleviate illness relies on his
      expertise in distinguishing between different conditions. In turn, this
      process of diagnosis depends on the existence of an accepted system of
      classifying the different conditions, which the doctor is likely to
      encounter. Unfortunately, psychiatry has not kept pace with the advances in
      understanding and classifying disorders which have occurred in other areas
      of medicine.
      Psychiatric diagnosis continues to rely on the clinician's ability to
      recognise familiar patterns of symptoms and behaviour. For example, people
      with severe mental illness continue to be divided into those with
      schizophrenia and those with bipolar disorder on the basis of their history
      and behaviour. This distinction began over 100 years ago with Emil
      Kraepelin's (1896) differentiation of the disorder he termed 'dementia
      praecox' (soon re-christened schizophrenia by Eugene Bleuler) from
      manic-depression (the forerunner of today's bipolar disorder). The concept
      of schizophrenia has changed little since the time of Kraepelin and we still
      know little about the aetiology of the disorder.
      The use of schizophrenia as a diagnostic entity is often said to have both
      positive and negative aspects. This Discussion Paper sets out to review the
      pros and cons of continuing to use the term, and indeed concept, of
      schizophrenia. Jim Van Os, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of
      Maastricht, Holland, and Peter McKenna, Consultant Psychiatrist in
      Cambridge, are both highly distinguished psychiatrists. However, they have
      opposing views about the value of the term schizophrenia.
      Jim Van Os regards the schizophrenia concept as harmful in clinical practice
      and research. He examines its impact in relation to factors such as:
      clinical usage, user satisfaction, reliability, translation into treatment
      needs, ability to account for psychological variables, stigmatisation,
      prediction of outcome, and aetiological research. Peter McKenna is more
      content with the traditional fare. He therefore takes the opposite position
      and outlines the strengths of the concept. In his view, schizophrenia has
      'stood the test of time' despite repeated attacks against it over the last
      century.
      Order this paper from:
      Mrs Sarah Smith
      PO63, Division of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, De
      Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK
      Cheque or postal order for £ 4.00 per copy, payable to "King's College,
      London".

      Audiotapes of this and all previous Maudsley debates are available from the
      Media Support Unit
      (each tape £20, cheque payable to "Kings College, London" - give date of
      debate when ordering)
      From Ms Cindy Smith at the Media Support Unit,
      PO16, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5
      8AF
      Telephone: 020 7848 0326 Fax: 020 7848 0954
      Email: MSU@...
      http://www.iop.kcl.ac.uk/IoP/AdminSup/MedSup/index.shtml


      The voting outcome of the last Maudsley debate - on whether nurses and
      psychologists should prescribe drugs (20 November) was very close and in
      fact I abstained. Details of the speakers, etc, of this debate are on the
      mentalmagazine discussion board at
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mentalmagazine/message/1962 and the audiotape
      of the debate is available from the Media Support Unit (see above).

      posted by rosemary
      Surrey UK
      www.mentalmagazine.co.uk
      "Campaigning for good health & social care...it's for everyone"
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