Schizophrenic Hallucinations Vary According to Cultural Influences

Patti MayonnaiseJanuary 3, 2015855 Views

Most people are well aware of the hallucinations and voices that schizophrenic sufferers around the world deal with on a daily basis. On the other hand, the vast majority have never thought about just how these hallucinatory voices and other symptoms may vary from culture to culture depending on inherited beliefs and circumstances. With new studies delving into these variations which are due to cultural differences and global circumstance, neuro science schizophreniaresearchers are now uncovering intriguing insights into the schizophrenic symptomatic dissimilarities in non-Western nations. While the number of schizophrenics dealing with what is referred to as misguided voices or hallucinations increases on a daily basis causing most citizens to simply deem these sufferers as “crazy,” the unfortunate disease is finally being analyzed more thoroughly and will hopefully allow otherwise ignorant spectators a better understanding of the illness.

It is noteworthy to consider that within the Western hemisphere, schizophrenics are looked upon in a negative light. What is even more fascinating is the view of the Eastern hemisphere (and more specifically India.) In most Eastern countries such as India and Ghana, scientists have discovered that the public widely sees these hallucinations as a positive concept. While a schizophrenic may hear these voices iterating hostile notions or goading violence or self-destructive behaviors, studies are now showing that these inner messages will vary significantly depending on the cultural origin of the schizophrenic. Reports have shown that those in Eastern countries report more positive inner voices such as the comforting words and advice of one’s mother for example.

schizophrenia1According to Stanford University, schizophrenics based in the U.S. hear disembodied commands of violence or even devastating insults. This is in direct contradiction to the studies of schizophrenics in India or Ghana where patients most often profess more positive and even comforting relationships with these hallucinated voices. In these countries, patients largely attribute the disembodied voices as coming from lost family members or even a higher power. Further results from these intensive studies will be published within the British Journal of Psychiatry later in January of 2015.

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