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How do you feel about being referred to as “schizophrenic” or “schizo”?
  • It’s offensive, I hate being called it
  • I’d prefer not to be called it
  • I don’t mind
  • I like it

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Changing the term won’t change public opinion. But education as to what schizophrenia is could go a long way

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It depends who saying it to me.
If a doctor called me schizo I’d take some offense.

If it was another person with a mental illness calling me that I’d be ok with it.

But overall I’d prefer not to be called this.

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Skitzo does seem a bit offensive, yes @Wave. On the other hand, having the term schizophrenia applied does not offend me at all

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I never tell anyone, so no one calls me that

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My spouse used the term to refer me a couple times while we were arguing. It stung.

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Schizo is like the SZ version of the “N” card.

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No. That’s a little extreme health f an analogy

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I much prefer traditional terms like crazy or mad, whose meanings are more open to context and cultural negotiation. Schizophrenia feels more like a secularised biblical punishment.

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i don’t care much… they can call me what they want, i’m mostly numb to it these days…

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I would much prefer that people think of me as Dave, who just happens to have schizophrenia, than crazy guy.

The first feels accepting, or atleast a desire to know more, the second just sounds like you’re being written off

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OK, I’ll call you schizophrenic if you agree to call me crazy. :smile:

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Deal!! :+1::rofl::+1:

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