Background and Aim
Operational approaches to psychiatric diagnosis have increased reliability, but the cost has been the reduction of diagnostic concepts to tick-box lists of objective symptoms. Some blame this for growing disillusionment among younger clinicians in mental health. A renewed emphasis on the human subject and subjective experience could be one way to remedy this. While true for psychiatry in general, it is particularly true in psychiatry's ‘sacred symbol’ of psychiatry, schizophrenia. Greater understanding of schizophrenia will be of most relevance to those who have yet to develop the disorder, such as those targeted by Early Intervention in Psychosis services. A promising direction in the understanding of schizophrenia is the notion of fundamental disturbance in the sense of self (‘ipseity disturbance’).