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.
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.
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- Psychiatric Rehabilitation (2006) Carlos W. Pratt, Kenneth J. Gill, Nora M. Barrett, Melissa M. Roberts Academic Press ISBN 978-0-12-564245-3 ISBN 0-12-564245-8 Controversial Issue: Schizophrenia (or Neurotransmitter Stress Syndrome)