Discuss Issues surrounding the classification and diagnosis of Schizophrenia. (Cultural Differences)
- Cultural Differences is used to criticise the classification system as well as the diagnosis of schizophrenia. The systems cannot be applied equally to everyone as some have different cultural backgrounds, those from less privileged background are more likely to be labelled schizophrenic, this may be due to most psychiatrist being from upper class, white background they are unable to understand understand the circumstances of those from other background e.g. those from poorer countries may truly be on the run from people but instead labeled paranoid.
- -Seeing as Cultural differences cannot be taken accounted for by the DSM, ICD and psychiatrists, those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are more likely to be labelled schizophrenic as they are more likely to be dismissed without having their personal experience considered.
- -The classification and diagnosis is therefore invalid in certain respects as it is not able to do the task it was designed for, identifying who is truly schizophrenic. Those who exhibit behaviour which can be interpreted as persecutory beliefs may have actually been in a position where they have been stalked or targeted; they have a reason to exhibit those behaviours.
- -Therefore the classifications and process of diagnosis may need to be rethought of in order to correctly diagnose patients.