2015 年 30 巻 1 号 p. 282-290
We suggest as an important tool in psychotherapy the use of onomatopoeia. Mood disorder and Anxiety disorder are among the most prevalent mental disorders, and Behavior therapy (BT) is an evidence-based psychological treatment suitable for these cases. Interoceptive sensation is important in BT, because it serves as a barometer for responses. On the other hand, standard assessment methods such as subjects unit of disturbance scale (SUDs) is not optimal. In a different approach, we feel a certain form of it, e.g. Doki-Doki, at the same time when feeling emotion. However, the SUDs is assessed without taking somesthesis into consideration. In addition, BT requires information on somesthesis in order to optimally perform the therapy. Here we propose a solution to this problem, based on using onomatopoeia for SUDs. It can assess appropriately the interoceptive sensations by which a patient is accompanied in anxiety. We report two clinical cases using onomatopoeia for SUDs. This makes for an improved therapy. The internal sense appears during the course of the disease. A treatment is thus provided which is not tied to a diagnosis name, but rather by emphasizing the ``internal sense,'' which is more effective in producing an improvement towards curing.