EASE

Examination of Anomalous Self-Experience

About EASE

Anomalous subjective experiences, described since early 20th century, are thought to be intrinsic to schizophrenia and considered as constituting the phenotypic validity anchor of the schizophrenia spectrum concept. Although neglected in modern psychiatry, due to the dominating behaviouristic approach, they nevertheless have been thoroughly investigated in continental European psychiatry, where it has been shown that their presence antedates future psychosis. Anomalous experiences of self-awareness (self-disorders) are a sub-group of subjective pathology. The EASE is a semi-structured qualitative and semi-quantitative psychometric instrument for examination of anomalies of subjective self-experience. EASE is published and available in Psychopathology.

The EASE targets the disorders of subjective experience, which are characteristic of the schizophrenia spectrum disorders, especially in their early phases. The EASE instrument is inspired by philosophical phenomenology. Its use requires a certain conceptual and empirical background in addition to practical training.

 

About the courses

The EASE is a semi-structured qualitative and semi-quantitative psychometric checklist to examine anomalies of subjective self-experience, published and available in Psychopathology (Parnas J, Moeller P, Kircher T, Thalbitzer J, Jansson L, Handest P, Zahavi D. [2005] Examination of Anomalous Self-experience. Psychopathology,38(5): 236-258.).

The EASE targets the disorders of subjective experience, which are characteristic of the schizophrenia spectrum disorders, especially in their early phases. The checklist is inspired by philosophical phenomenology. Its use requires a certain conceptual and empirical background in addition to practical training. The course aims to provide such a general background and introduce the principles for interviewing and scoring of the individual scale items. The course will include theoretical expositions but the main focus is on discussion and scoring of live or videotaped patient interviews (in English or Danish with English subtitles). Self-disorders are not explicitly mentioned in the current classificatory systems even though these symptoms can be classified under e.g. odd thinking or perceptual disturbance in criteria for schizotypal disorder in both ICD-10 and DSM-IV. The course will discuss the diagnostic status of self-disorders and psychiatric classification and diagnosing in general. The participants are required to familiarize themselves with the published version of the EASE in Psychopathology.

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Center for Subjectivity Research

Interessegruppe for Fænomenologisk Psykopatologi