The words we use are important

Aldrick Monteiro

I have suffered with schizophrenia for forty years, but I must say it does not help to be labelled specifically with this term.

I find that this word grates on the imagination. The stigma of schizophrenia has not lessened even with all the knowledge available about the illness.

The word psychosis is less damning to the ear, but I have found in forty years of illness, that it is very important how one refers to mental illness and particularly to schizophrenia, to avoid causing offence and fear.