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What is Schizophrenia?
  1. Schizophrenia's hallucinations are shaped by culture. Americans with schizophrenia tend to have more paranoid and harsher voices/hallucinations. In India and Africa people with schizophrenia tend to have more playful and positive voices

  2. Although Nazi Germany sterilized or murdered 73-100% of all schizophrenics in Germany (about 220K-269K people), there were no long-term effects on subsequent rates of schizophrenia in Germany. In fact, post WWII rates were unexpectedly high.

  3. When an aggressive schizophrenic man became so violent that formal psychological testing couldn't be done, doctors preformed a CT scan, discovering a brain tumor. They surgically removed it, and he was schizophrenia-free two weeks later.

  4. A study sent 12 fake patients to psychiatric hospitals and all but 1 were diagnosed with schizophrenia. After publication, an offended hospital challenged the author to fool them. He agreed. Hospital then diagnosed 21% of incoming patients as fakes. In reality, he sent no patients at all.

  5. People who grow up in cities are twice as likely to develop schizophrenia, even when controlling for drug use and ethnicity.

  6. 23 year old was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. A year later he developed a cancer of the blood. A bone-marrow transplant treated a patient’s leukemia — and his delusions, too.

  7. Oliver Sipple, a veteran who saved Gerald Ford from being shot. Subsequently outed as gay, his family disowned him. He sued the media outlets that outed him to no avail. He developed schizophrenia and alcoholism. Found dead at 47, he never met Ford and his funeral was attended by 30 people

  8. About the Rosenhan experiment where fake patients feigned hallucinations to enter psychiatric hospitals were diagnosed with schizophrenia and continued to be treated even after they started acting normally proving that it's nearly impossible to distinguish sane from insane in a psych ward.

  9. The wife of L. Ron Hubbard consulted doctors who recommended he "be committed to a private sanatorium for psychiatric observation and treatment of a mental ailment known as paranoid schizophrenia." Thereafter, Hubbard criticised psychiatry as a "barbaric and corrupt profession".

  10. In 2013 The Wall Street Journal discovered a cache of files that revealed the U.S. government lobotomized over 2000 veterans against their will after WW2. The veterans were lobotomized for reasons such as PTSD, depression, schizophrenia, and occasionally homosexuality.

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Eating of Cereals Linked to Higher Schizophrenia Burden Across 38 European Countries

What are some fun facts about schizophrenia?

Between 73% and 100% of all individuals with schizophrenia living in Germany between 1939 and 1945 were sterilized or killed. Today Germany does not show deviation from first world levels of schizophrenia.

Higher intelligence is linked with higher rates of mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, causing the "mad scientist" stereotype to have ground in reality.

1/3 of homeless people in the United States have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (approx. 250,000 of 744,000).

The actor who played Anakin in The Phantom Menace is currently in a psychiatric facility with schizophrenia.

No one born blind has ever developed schizophrenia

In 2002, the term for schizophrenia in Japan was changed from "mind-split disease" to "integration disorder" to reduce stigma. In three years, the percentage of people who were informed of the diagnosis of schizophrenia rose from 37 to 70%. A similar change was made in South Korea.

Five mental disorders (autism, ADHD, bipolar DO, major depression, schizophrenia) have been found to overlap, and all share genetic roots

The experience of hearing voices among schizophrenia patients is influenced by culture. In the US, patients typically report hearing angry/violent voices. In India and Africa, patients are more likely to report hearing friendly/entertaining voices.

64% of Americans believe schizophrenia involves a split personality. A person with schizophrenia doesn't have two different personalities. Instead, he has false ideas/delusions or has lost touch with reality. Multiple personality disorder is unrelated.

Soviet psychology once classified "the struggle for truth and justice" as a symptom of paranoid, delusional schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia has been linked to maternal exposure to influenza - fact check

People suffering from schizophrenia may hear "voices" differently depending on their cultural context. In the United States, the voices are harsh and threatening; in Africa and India, they are more benign and playful.

James Joyce's daughter Lucia suffered from schizophrenia. He took her to be treated by Carl Jung. His diagnosis; "You are both submerged in the same water but you are swimming, she is drowning"

Congenital blindness and schizophrenia do not co-occur.There is not a single case of congenitally blind diagnosed with schizophrenia

That, during the 1960s, many black civil rights protesters from Detroit were 'diagnosed' with schizophrenia (due to their 'hostile' and 'aggressive' behavior) and confined to asylums. Some protesters were locked up for more than thirty years and died in custody

The young caddy in the film "Happy Gilmore" now works as a neuroscientist at Columbia University researching schizophrenia.

10-20% of Americans and a higher percent of Europeans are infected with a brain parasite from cats that makes them 2.5 times more likely to get in a car accident, changes personality traits, contributes to schizophrenia, and may cause sexual attraction to cat urine.

Some deaf people with schizophrenia don’t experience the common symptom of hearing voices, but rather, they see visual hallucinations of disembodied hands or lips making words.

Buddy Bolden, the man credited with creating the musical innovations that would lead to the birth of Jazz, had acute schizophrenia and was permanently committed to a mental institution at age 30.

Newborns with a vitamin D deficiency have a 44 percent increased risk of being diagnosed with schizophrenia as adults compared to those with normal vitamin D levels. The developing foetus is totally reliant on the mother's vitamin D stores

About this parasite called Toxoplasma gondii that changes the behavior in its hosts in weird ways. In humans, it is said to infect 50% of the population, and could be responsible for having neurotic diseases like bipolar and depression, and psychotic diseases like schizophrenia. - fact check

Kelly Thomas, a homeless man with schizophrenia, was beaten to the point of comatose by Police followed by death as a result, all while Thomas was found not guilty of his charges, and two police officers were found not guilty of manslaughter, the other was not put to trial.

January Schofield, who knew the alphabet when she was 13 months old, spoke full sentences at a 1-1/2 years and was tested with a 146 IQ by the age of four. She was also suffering from hallucinations, incredibly violent and diagnosed with child-onset schizophrenia

The schizophrenia of one man is the root of jazz music, and without it, jazz may never have existed

Jake Lloyd, the actor who played young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I, is suffering from schizophrenia and was admitted to a psychiatric facility on April of 2016.