The world’s first mental health hospital was built in Baghdad, Iraq in 705 AD. While mental health patients were being condemned, punished, and even burned in Europe, 8th and 9th century mental health patients in Iraq, Egypt, and Syria were given more proper hospitalization and treatment.
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.
An increasing number of schools and companies in Japan encourage their students and employees to cry as a way of relieving stress and improving mental health. There are also people who are called “namida sensei” meaning “tears teacher”.
People who refer to themselves by name during inner monologues are calmer, less stressed and more confident than those who use “I” or “me” according to a research done by Michigan State University.
Vitamin D deficiency is linked with many health disorders, including depression. In a survey of almost 8,000 US residents, it was found that those with lower vitamin D levels “are at a significantly higher risk of showing depression”.
PhD students display twice as many symptoms of psychiatric disorders such as depression than other people.
A woman was successfully diagnosed in 1984 of brain tumor, after she began hearing unknown voices in her head that told her she needed to have a brain scan.
In 1997 a woman was diagnosed with a brain tumour after she hallucinated voices telling her that she had one. The voices said “goodbye” after surgery to remove the tumour.
Migrating to another country increases the amount of dopamine in the brain, putting immigrants at higher risk for developing schizophrenia.
Schizophrenic voices are shaped by local culture. Patients in America hear voices asking them to do violent things whereas in Africa and India the voices they hear are usually of dead relatives or nice voices offering comfort.