'Schizophrenic' vs. 'person with schizophrenia': Does person-first language matter?

I think this has been posted before.


I prefer the use of “Madman”

Ooorgle the madman.

Wooo! Has a nice ring to it.


I hate this argument. It really doesn’t matter. Both are correct…

I am schizoaffective. I have schizoaffective.

I am diabetic. I have diabetes.

I am asthmatic. I have asthma.

I don’t care which one is used. They are the same, to me.


Doesnt matter much to me, either. I feel like people keep trying to change the language they use and hope it causes people to treat others with respect,but all that happens is the new “accepted” terms end up becoming slurs and insults also. And then people fighting for equality/respect are seen as very special snowflakes who make a huge deal over meaningless words, which makes it easier for opponents to dismiss all their arguments as ridiculous.


I’m not phased either way. Semantics don’t bother me.


I used both pretty much interchangeably before I even knew there was a debate about which is better lol. I’m fine with either.


I think first-person language does matter. Society no longer accepts the “N” word or “colored person” (“person of color” is now acceptable). Has the change in language resulted in the end of racism? No, but its probably helped.

That said, The Washington Post, a newspaper I respect, is now capping the B for black and the W for white. This seems to me to be more divisive than helpful, but maybe I’ll change my mind over time.

I view first-person language regarding schizophrenia along the same lines as race. It won’t end discrimination, but it will help.


That’s YE ELDER FLAMING NUTBAG to you youngsters.

Show the proper respect and get off my lawn!

[ waves turkey sized cane ]



I identify as “person who is batshit crazy”.
I feel it’s more inclusive to my other beliefs and attitudes, which are also pretty out there.


I personally agree that calling people “a schizophrenic” is somewhat dehumanising and othering. I personally would never use that language to describe myself or another.


I try to use it about other people just to make sure I’m being respectful. But I also don’t care what people use to describe me. I don’t see anything wrong with “schizophrenic”, personally.


That’s part of the reason I feel so alienated from the autistic community on Twitter. There’s a fanaticism about language usage that’s very authoritarian and dictatorial. It also very intimidating, because get it ‘wrong’ in their eyes and you’ll get the verbal equivalent of a thorough kicking. There’s an overall aggressiveness that’s rather scary.

I tend to use ‘autistic person’ rather than ‘person with autism’ to minimise the risk of getting that ‘kicking’


Doesn’t matter to me either way.

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For the person saying it whom isn’t schizophrenic it might make them feel a little more respectful. For me as the person with it, saying it either way is fine.

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The term schizophrenic it self isnt derogatory…

But some times calling people that, makes people forget that these “schizophrenics” actually have a life behind the label.

They are father, mother, teachers, son, daughter and so on. They might have stresses at work, traumatizing experience, addicted to drugs, problems with school, discord in family that might have an impact in the cause of such disease… possibility of inhibiting good resource and treatment

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What does being a snowflake mean?

The whole approach for how these words are used doesn’t matter I’ll know if you’re treating me with respect whether or not you use something that sounds harsher or not.

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It means too fragile.


I prefer “person with schizophrenia” over “schizophrenic” but I don’t get upset when people use that word. I’m guilty of using the word “schizophrenic” myself sometimes even though I’m not a big fan of it.

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I was taught in university in a course about physical rehab for ppl with disabilities to use a person with disability instead of a disabled person. I still have a hard time always saying a person with disability.

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