Book: Language in Psychiatry
Chapter: Psychotic disorders
In this chapter the authors explore how schizophrenia can be expressed through spoken language. The surface phenomena, mainly in language, may give rise to the diagnosis of schizophrenia and may be the reason why society bothers with the phenomena. The goal here is to understand schizophrenia from the social interface that language constructs. This verbal social interface is largely what draws schizophrenia to the attention of others. More broadly, we interpret psychosis as discontinuity with the context in several ways. The discontinuity is evident largely in how some speakers use language.