Current Problems of Psychiatry

Current Problems of Psychiatry

Clinical Manifestations of Self-disorders in Schizophrenia Spectrum Conditions

Curr Probl Psychiatry 2017; 18(3): 177-183
DOI: 10.1515/cpp-2017-0014
© 2017 Medical University of Lublin. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonComercial-No Derivs licence (

Mads Gram Henriksen1,2,3, Josef Parnas1,2,4

1 Mental Health Center Glostrup, University Hospital of Copenhagen
2 Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen
3 Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, Philosophy Section, University of Copenhagen
4 Institute of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen




This article explores the phenomenologically informed, theoretical and empirical research direction on self-disorders in the schizophrenia spectrum conditions. First, we describe the concept of ‘self’ that is operative in the concept of ‘self-disorders’ and we discuss how this self may be disordered or fragile in the schizophrenia spectrum. Second, we offer a detailed psychopathological presentation and discussion of 3 patients with schizophrenia. The vignettes provide paradigmatic examples of self-disorders in schizophrenia. Third, we summarize the main findings in the current empirical research on self-disorders. These findings consistently indicate that self-disorders constitute a crucial, trait phenotype of the schizophrenia spectrum.

Keywords: EASE; anomalous self-experience; schizotypal disorder


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