Impact of the term schizophrenia on the culture of ideograph: the Japanese experience.

  title={Impact of the term schizophrenia on the culture of ideograph: the Japanese experience.},
  author={Y. Kim and Germ{\'a}n E. Berr{\'i}os},
  journal={Schizophrenia bulletin},
  volume={27 2},
The ideographic Chinese writing system (in use in Asian countries that account for about a quarter of the world's population) directly expresses the meaning of schizophrenia as "the disease of disorganized mind." The term directly challenges a deeply ingrained concept of personal autonomy, and this is stigmatizing. Japanese psychiatrists are thus reluctant to tell their patients that they are suffering from schizophrenia, and, as a result, no more than 20 percent of sufferers actually do know… 

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