Japan Leads the Way Away From “Schizophrenia” as a Concept


Schizophrenia Bulletin follows the movement change to the name and concept of “Schizophrenia”, revealing that Japan has taken the lead.  Japan, to remove the stigma, social and professional consequences, notions of dangerousness and lack of hope that the old name and model conveyed, was the first country to update and revise the schizophrenia concept by embracing the name “Integration Disorder”, and the stress vulnerability model, along with evidence that people “recover and lead a normal life.”

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Sartorius, N., Chiu, H., Heok, K., Lee, M., et al.; Name Change for Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin. Online January 23, 2014. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbt231

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].