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Nine Myths About Schizophrenia (IAI Academy)

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Clinical Psychologist Richard Bentall challenges nine myths of schizophrenia accepted by mental health professionals and proposes a more humane, scientific approach to care.

Despite investment in research and treatment, the outcomes of patients diagnosed with the most severe psychiatric disorders have not improved since the Victorian period. Where are the flaws in our understanding? Mental health treatment needs a radical overhaul to bring it into the 21st century – but what needs to change?

In this course, Professor Richard Bentall debunks nine myths about schizophrenia that affect the understanding of the public and professionals alike, and identifies signals that opinion is beginning to shift towards a more humane approach to care.

By the end of the course, you will have learned:

- the impact of classification on our treatment of psychoses

- how odds ratios and heritability statistics are used to calculate relative risks

- how meta analysis can be used to uncover correlation of environmental factors affecting psychosis

- why there will never be a genetic test for schizophrenia

- what we can learn from the international variation of outcomes for people diagnosed with schizophrenia

- how the accepted best treatments are changing today.

As part of the course there are in-video quiz questions to consolidate your learning, suggested further readings to stimulate a deeper exploration of the topic, discussion boards to have your say and an end-of-course assessment set by Professor Bentall.

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