In the review of Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Schizophrenic Psychoses: Past, Present and Future, Larry Davidson, Ph.D., calls on psychotherapists to consider more humane depictions of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia. Davidson states, "For psychotherapists to garner broader support for their approach, and for them to play a more central role in future developments in clinical psychiatry, they will have to find less de-humanizing, demeaning, and offensive ways to describe the people they want to be entrusted to care for." When psychotherapists must be called to task in this manner, should we consider our role in the ongoing stigma experienced by individuals with mental illness in our society? How do our communications to and about our clients further depictions of individuals as unable to make decisions and contribute substantively to families, communities, and the society at large?
By Larry Davidson
PsycCRITIQUES, 2009 Vol 54(49)