Understanding the Brain

Neurotransmitter-stress syndrome

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Neurotransmitter-stress syndrome is the proposed name by mental health professionals in the United States to replace schizophrenia. The rationale for changing the name of schizophrenia to Neurotransmitter-stress syndrome is to prevent stigma and mispreceptions regarding the nature of the mental disorder.[1]


Layman language uses the term "schizophrenic" loosely, such as economists referring to economy as being schizophrenic. The media pushes the notion that schizophrenia means a split personality, for instance hollywood movies like Me, Myself and Irene perpetuate this misconception. The careless misusage of the term schizophrenia has been discouraged and written about by professionals.[2]

See also


  1. "Intervoice: - The international community for hearing voices". Intervoice. http://www.intervoiceonline.org/tags/schizophrenia. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  2. Berren, Micheal (2004). A Sourcebook for Families Coping with Mental Illness (Second Edition ed.). ISBN 0-9646238-1-1.