Nine Myths About Schizophrenia: Richard Bentall

Nine Myths About Schizophrenia

Richard Bentall

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

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    Richard Bentall

    Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sheffield. Books include Madness Explained and Doctoring the Mind.


About the Course


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, discussion boards to have your say and an end-of-course assessment set by Professor Bentall.

IAI Academy courses are designed to be challenging but accessible to the interested student. No specialist knowledge is required.


About the Instructor

  • Richard Bentall

    Richard Bentall is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sheffield, a Fellow of the British Academy and a leading researcher on schizophrenia, psychosis and public mental health. He is the author of Madness Explained and Doctoring the Mind.

Course Syllabus

  • Part One: Myths of Diagnosis
    Is schizophrenia distinct from other disorders? Do people with schizophrenia never recover?
  • Part Two: Myths of Causes
    Is schizophrenia a disease of the brain, largely genetic and unaffected by life experience?
  • Part Three: Myths of Treatment
    Should all patients receive drugs? Is psychotherapy ineffective in treating schizophrenia?