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The term schizophrenia should be dropped because it is not scientifically valid and is stigmatizing, a mental health expert says, renewing a debate on the best ways to fight the shame associated with the disease.
Schizophrenia is a brain disorder in which a person loses touch with reality. Symptoms include delusions, hallucinations, disturbances in thinking and withdrawal from social activity.
More than 250,000 Canadians are living with schizophrenia, which affects an estimated one per cent of the population.
"It groups together a whole range of different problems under one label," Richard Bentall, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Manchester, told a news conference in London on Monday, the eve of World Mental Health Day.