Does math cause psychosis?

Although you may be genetically predisposed to mental illness, there is no genetic reason why mathematical ability should be linked, for example, to psychosis or schizophrenia. Is there a relationship between mathematical talent and mental illness? A researcher from Iceland discovers that the incidence of psychosis is higher than expected among mathematics scholars.

Does math cause psychosis?

Although you may be genetically predisposed to mental illness, there is no genetic reason why mathematical ability should be linked, for example, to psychosis or schizophrenia. Is there a relationship between mathematical talent and mental illness? A researcher from Iceland discovers that the incidence of psychosis is higher than expected among mathematics scholars. A study of Icelanders with mathematical talent shows a higher risk of mental illness among their ranks. Psychotic disorders are also common among their family members.

Linking academic records to previously published data on the family distribution of psychosis reveals a pattern compatible with the hypothesis that high arousal plays a role in reasoning ability. Nash developed symptoms of schizophrenia in the late 1950s, when he was around 30 years old, after making innovative contributions to the field of mathematics, including the extension of game theory or the mathematics of decision-making. Advisor, who also received the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics, to address 14 unsolved problems. In short, I like music, although in general I have no coordination, and I loved to make geometric drawings or try to decipher “deeper meanings” of mathematical questions and the world.

Grothendieck's search for form above all else in mathematics endured, but little by little it became a search for form and signal in all subjects. I once stole a math test for children issued by Washington State in tenth grade 2 years ago (called WASL). I used to think that I should be able to do math without a calculator all the time, so I got on good terms and did things in my head, but sometimes I would make mistakes or start to forget numbers, so I quit. There was a very intelligent boy in my school, who won some math exams and who apparently had a somewhat serious depression.

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