Vincent Van Gogh's Schizophrenia Case Study

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In 1888, on the second story of the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum, in a cold, dark room, sat a young tortured artist (Pachko, 2015). He had just been admitted into the asylum for taking a razor and cutting off his left ear. His life was filled with self-harm, self-doubt, God, and art (Bio, 2000). His art helped him stay mentally stable, for a short amount of time (Bio, 2000). On July 27, 1890 he went out to paint the morning sky and could no longer cope with the “voices in his head” (Bio, 2000). Vincent Van Gogh shot himself in the chest that morning and died three days later, in his brothers’ arms (Bio, 2000). Van Gogh died at the age of 37. He is considered to be one of the greatest Dutch painters, but his life was cut short because he suffered …show more content…
Experts believe it is a combination of environmental factors, genetics, abnormal brain chemistry and structures (Smith, 2015). Scientist know Schizophrenia runs in families. A person with an immediate family member who has Schizophrenia has a ten percent chance of developing this disorder (NIMH, 2014). A person who has a second-degree family member with Schizophrenia also has a higher risk of developing this disorder, over someone who has no family history of Schizophrenia; who would only have about a one percent chance of developing it (NIMH, 2014). Many experts believe that Schizophrenia has to do with genetic and they also agree that an environmental role is a big factor such as exposure to a virus during infancy or a prenatal exposure, complications during birth, malnutrition before birth, parental loss or separation, and physical or sexual abuse play a big role in triggering this disorder (Smith, 2015). Examinations of people’s brains who suffered from Schizophrenia after they have died have showed slight differences when compared with people who have healthy brains (NIMH, 2014). People with Schizophrenia have abnormal brain cells that lead to defective connections that occurred before birth (NIMH, 2014). Scientists think that the brain, when going through changes like puberty, could trigger Schizophrenia (Smith, 2015). Also, people with Schizophrenia tend to have less gray matter, some areas of the brain show less activity, and they also tend to larger ventricles in the brain (Smith,

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