People Born Blind Are Mysteriously Protected From Schizophrenia - VICE


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No person who was born blind has ever been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
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8 days ago by tham
No person with congenital blindness has ever been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Blindness may be protective because it strengthens the exact cognitive areas in…
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9 days ago by mathewi
These findings suggest that something about congenital blindness may protect a person from schizophrenia. This is especially surprising, since congenital blindness often results from infections, brain trauma, or genetic mutation—all factors that are independently associated with greater risk of psychotic disorders.

More strangely, vision loss at other periods of life is associated with higher risks of schizophrenia and psychotic symptoms. Even in healthy people, blocking vision for just a few days can bring about hallucinations. And the connections between vision abnormalities and schizophrenia have become more deeply established in recent years—visual abnormalities are being found before a person has any psychotic symptoms, sometimes predicting who will develop schizophrenia.
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It was something Tom Pollak had heard whispers about—an odd factoid, referred to now and again, usually with bewilderment: No person who was born blind has ever…
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It was something Tom Pollak had heard whispers about—an odd factoid, referred to now and again, usually with bewilderment: No person who was born blind has ever…
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11 days ago by dylanc
It was something Tom Pollak had heard whispers about—an odd factoid, referred to now and again, usually with bewilderment: No person who was born blind has ever been diagnosed with schizophrenia
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It was something Tom Pollak had heard whispers about—an odd factoid, referred to now and again, usually with bewilderment: No person who was born blind has ever…
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12 days ago by dainiusblynas
It was something Tom Pollak had heard whispers about—an odd factoid, referred to now and again, usually with bewilderment: No person who was born blind has ever been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Over the past 60-some years, scientists around the world have been writing about this mystery.
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It was something Tom Pollak had heard whispers about—an odd factoid, referred to now and again, usually with bewilderment: No person who was born blind has ever been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Over the past 60-some years, scientists around the world have been writing about this mystery. via Pocket
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13 days ago by domingogallardo
The possible explanations could help us better understand the condition.
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13 days ago by adamvig


As time goes on, larger data sets have emerged: In 2018, a study led by a researcher named Vera Morgan at the University of Western Australia looked at nearly half a million children born between 1980 and 2001 and strengthened this negative association. Pollak, a psychiatrist and researcher at King's College London, remembered checking in the mental health facility where he works after learning about it; he too was unable to find a single patient with congenital blindness who had s...
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13 days ago by alexmel
RT : Utterly fascinating.
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13 days ago by igorette
Octopuses are a lot smarter than we think.
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13 days ago by geetarista
시각 장애로 태어난 사람은 정신분열증을 겪지 않는다, Vice

선천적으로 앞을 보지 못하는 맹인으로 태어난 사람들 중에는 단 한 명도 정신분열증을 진단받은 사람이 없다고.
이 발견이 놀라운 이유는 시각 장애로 태어나는 요인은 감염이나 뇌 손상, 유전적 요인 등 원인이 다양한 데, 이러한 원인과 상관없이 일관되게 정신분열증을 피해가는 결과로 이어졌기 때문.
더군다나 오히려 선천적 맹인이 아니라 후천적으로 시각을 잃었을 경우 정신 관련한 질환을 경험하기 쉬움.
아마도 시각과 정신 장애 사이에 어떠한 연관성이 있다는 증거일 수 있다고 함
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14 days ago by yun
No person born blind has ever been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Why?
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14 days ago by rebeccarobbins