Eugen Bleuler = you-ZHEN BLOY-ler
Eugen Bleuler, a Swiss psychiatrist of the early 20th Century, coined the term schizophrenia. The term came from the Greek language and literally means “split mind.” Much of the general public thinks schizophrenia means multiple personalities; it doesn’t. The “split” is a break from reality, and as one sufferer put it, the mind is not split, it is shattered.
Since I have paranoid schizophrenia, I’d like to devote some space to describe it. I’m going to use the outline of Eugen Bleuler’s description of this disorder but tailor it to fit what I know about it through research and personal experiences.
The A’s of Schizophrenia, as described by Bleuler, are as follows:
- Affect (or mood)
I will talk about them in order. Hopefully, by the end of our discussion, you will understand a bit more about this misunderstood disorder.