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Anonymous asked in HealthMental Health · 3 years ago

Is it possible for a normal person to develop a serious mental illness like schizophrenia?

There is a local head case that floats throughout the town who fits all the descriptions of someone who is mentally disturbed: Non existent hygiene, unkempt beard and hair, writes all over himself, mutters weird incoherent sentences to himself, walks around wearing a name badge with the name "Frank Sinatra" engraved on it, openly urinates in full view of the public, etc.

There has been an ongoing rumor that I have heard from just about everyone that he was actually a professor and even a dean at our university some 20 years ago! That I am finding astonishing and somewhat hard to believe. If it is true--what causes someone to completely lose their mind to that extreme?

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  • 3 years ago
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    My son visited a child psychiatrist, and I recently learned that after being treated for cancer, he developed a serious mental illness, including what he called florid dellusions.

    He managed to recover enough to write an article about his experience.

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  • Satan
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    3 years ago

    Yes - some people are more susceptible than others

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