Why Do U.S. Schizophrenics Hear More Threatening Voices Than Ghanaians or Indians?

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Aug. 7 2014 1:27 PM

Why Do American Schizophrenics Hear Threatening Voices​? 

Ghanaian and Indian schizophrenics often don't. 

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 20: David Phillis, a customer at McTears auctioneers, views Alter Ego a self portrait by artist Peter Howson on October 20, 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland. More than 200 works by renowned artist Peter Howson, including his personal collection of drawings will be auctioned today, the day before the artist receives his OBE from Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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Schizophrenia is a pervasive global illness that transcends country and ethnicity, but that doesn’t mean it’s experienced the same everywhere. A recent study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry reveals patients in America, Ghana, and India report different experiences with the voices they hear, and the results could have a clinical impact.

Update, August 7, 2014: This post and headline have been revised to read "Ghanaians" instead of "Africans." 

Correction, August 8, 2014: This video originally showed the Spanish flag when it should have shown the Indian flag.

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