“Thought and sensory imbalance disease”
This is the new name for schizophrenia on Taiwan. In 2014, the ministry of health and welfare adopted the medical name “thought and sensory imbalance disease” to replace “schizophrenia”. On January 13, 2017, the Taichung municipal bureau of health announced that it will refer to “schizophrenia” as the “thought and sensory imbalance disease”. The change of the medical name is supported by the mental health foundation, the Taiwan psychiatry association, the private Taichung psychological health and social welfare foundation, and other civilian organizations.
As of the end of December, 2016, the city of Taichung has 11,242 long term physical and mental patients, and among them, 5,719 or 50.9% suffer from “thought and sensory imbalance disease” or schizophrenia.
[Master Chen Says] Early stages of schizophrenia can be controlled with medication. As schizophrenia progresses, its progression becomes more difficult to arrest. It is a process of progressive skewing of mental and sensory imbalance towards delusion. It is not a mental degeneration such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Without having had a stroke, there is no short term memory loss. Progression is marked by more frequent switching and more prolonged states of different behaviors, different demeanors, different personalities, such as switching between a gentle personality and a vicious personality, and different perceptions of the surroundings and realities. Progression becomes severe when the patient becomes delusional for extended periods of time, as long as weeks on end and months on end. The patient also becomes combative when confronted by medical personnel trying to arrest and control the patient’s odd delusional behavior.
By this time, sedative medication becomes necessary, and neurological rehabilitation becomes more or less ineffective. The patient’s delusional state becomes more or less permanent.
Based on these observations, changing the clinical name “schizophrenia” to “thought and sensory imbalance disease” does seem appropriate.