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Did you know that Adolf Hitler was alleged to have paranoid schizophrenia? Many Psychoanalysts pronounced that he had mental disturbances such as narcissism, borderline personality, and bipolar disorders. Our minds are bizarre, and all our emotions are the result of a myriad of chemical reactions. Sometimes, they go off-course and psychological irregularities like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression eventuate. Schizophrenia is affecting over 20 million minds all over the world. It is chronic and incurable, whose symptoms include hallucination, delusion, abnormal behavior, and disorganized speech. One of the 20 million people who suffered from Schizophrenia is the son of Albert Einstein.
He was the second son of the famous physicist, Albert Einstein. He was an intellectual who wanted to become a psychiatrist. A much lesser-known fact was that Albert was a pianist, and Eduard inherited that along with his intelligence. He was a sickly child and Albert worried that he might never “become a fully developed person”.
He started studying medicine at Zurich University in his early twenties when he was displaying symptoms of schizophrenia. It worried Albert that mental disorders might have passed down to Eduard from his grandmother’s side. That is when he met a woman at the university and fell in love. Since that ended very badly, Albert’s worry came true when it added up to his mental condition which later worsened. Given no cure to it, he stayed in the psychiatric hospital of Zurich. He continued his love for music, psychiatry, and poetry, and died at 55 from a stroke at the same hospital where he lived for 30 years.
The psychology of a human brain is surreal. When people suffer from a mental illness, their thoughts and minds are no longer in their control. Some people also say that they feel like they’re listening to someone else’s thoughts in their brain. Although it is not always the case, it is said that most serial killers have a history of psychosis or any kind of chronic mental illness. The serial killer “Son of Sam” claimed that his neighbor’s dog asked him to kill people. This is the case of a prolonged untreated mental illness. Many killers although seemed sane during the time of their trial, it is possible that they had such hallucinations which instigated them into doing such things. Such hallucinations are commonly related to their traumatic childhood, or abuse and they pursue it because they seek ‘vengeance’ for what happened to them.
One of such among many is Edmund Kemper.
Edmund Kemper (The Co-Ed killer):
He was a rapist, cannibal, sex offender who killed 10 people including his mother, and grandparents. It is said that his mother had a substance abuse problem and Borderline Personality Disorder. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, is alive, and sentenced to a state hospital as a criminally insane juvenile. He killed two cats at the age of 10 and 13, also telling his sister that he had to kill a woman first to kiss her.
Edmund used to play games where he used to pretend that he was being executed by ‘electric shock’ or ‘gas inhalation’ (hallucinations in the form of paranoia). He also used to behead his sister’s dolls just like he severed the heads of 8 women including his mother and his mother’s friend. It is said that he played dart with his mother’s head as an act of vengeance of her yellings at him. His murders are too appalling to talk about.
Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer who also suffered from such mental disorders are infamous, unapologetic, brutal serial killers.
Psychology is a vast topic to talk about. Once you start researching it, you’ll come across a ton of uncanny facts and experiences. The exact reasons for mental disorders are unknown but a combination of genetic, environmental, physical factors can be a trigger. There are a lot of articles to read, and a lot more facts to know about human minds. Mental health is something more important than we anticipate it to be. Awareness of our surroundings and ourselves is what we can do on our part to stay healthy and happy.
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Edmund Kemper: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Kemper
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