Researchers found that deaf people with schizophrenia who ‘hear voices’ often visualise hallucinations of moving lips or disembodied hands and arms making sign language movements. Another phenomenon that’s stumped even the smartest scientific brains for decades: No one born blind has ever been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
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.
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.
Migrating to another country increases the amount of dopamine in the brain, putting immigrants at higher risk for developing schizophrenia.
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.
There is a mental delusion called The Truman Show delusion where those affected believe their lives are actually reality shows. A patient went to New York to check whether the World Trade Center had fallen believing the 9/11 attacks to be an elaborate plot twist in his personal storyline.
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.
The schizophrenic artist Mary Barnes discovered her talent while undergoing treatment at Kingsley Hall during which she was encouraged to regress to a childlike state and paint on the walls with her feces. When they needed a solution for the smell, they decided to give her paint.
Schizophrenics are much less likely to recognize the sound of their own voice.
Robert M. Pirsig, the author of Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was diagnosed with schizophrenia (and he had childhood IQ of 170).