This has been rumored for quite a while in the psychiatric community, but from what I've researched there is no concrete evidence yet that it will change this may in the DSM V.
What are your thoughts/feelings?
Also, about half of the personality disorders including narcissistic personality disorder will be removed from the new DSM- and that HAS been officially announced.
Is there a reason that has been presented as to why the name change will be taking place? If the reason is that schizophrenia is an inaccurate description of the disease, I'm all for it. In the event the reason is due to the social stigma associated with the word, I'm not positive if I'd be on board with the change (not that my opinion matters to the psychiatric community).
I agree with Tim. I'm curious what the reason is behind the change. And do you know why the other disorders are being removed?
Well, schizophrenia translates in either Greek or Roman to "splitting of the mind", so a lot of people confuse schizophrenia with people having multiple personalities or Dissosiative Identity Disorder (DID) as its properly named. I could go on about what constitutes a person to be schizophrenic or schizoaffective, but i'm short of time right now.
And for the other disorders, they are removing them I read on one site because the disorders currently listed are more like personality traits and do not qualify as full blown disorders.
And as for the name change, I don't think it's going to happen. Just an unfounded rumor going about on schizophrenic forums, but it's fun to think about.
I think it would be helpful to to have a name that more accurately reflects the nature of the illness. I'd hope that that would have a knock on effect of reducing the stigma, either through giving people a better idea of what schizophrenia actually is, or, because ignorant people won't know what's happened. It seems to have worked with renaming 'manic depression' as bipolar.
It makes sense that the personality disorders are being removed. I once worked in a mental health hospital, and the psychiatrists always refused to diagnose people with them because they felt that a diagnosis could only be detrimental to the patient. Since nothing can be done to treat a personality disorder, and the patients were then stuck with a label that marked them out as incurably difficult.
I can see where they were coming from. Although I'd imagine it might be useful for some people to find out if they have one to help them understand themselves and their behaviour a bit better.