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.
PhD students are 2.5 times more likely to develop psychiatric disorders than highly educated general population.
The town of Geel, Belgium practices de-institutionalized mental health care. Doctors place patients with host families to live. The tradition of caring for the mentally ill dates back hundreds of years.
Studies show vegans have significantly higher rates of mental health issues.
In Vietnam, marriage applicants must acquire a Certificate of Good Mental Health from a doctor, proving that they are “mentally sound for marriage”, before being allowed to marry.
Joseph Jackson tried to teach his kids a lesson about leaving their bedroom windows open, so one night while his son Michael was asleep, Joseph wore a mask, climbed through the window, and shouted at him. Michael Jackson would later have recurring nightmares of being kidnapped from his bedroom.
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.
Coloring books for grown-ups are a huge trend and publishers struggle to keep up with demand. The books have successfully been used to reduce stress, relieve anxiety and as rehabilitation aids for patients recovering from strokes.
A Las Vegas mental hospital used commercial buses to “dump” more than 1,500 psychiatric patients in 48 states over five years.