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This article about schizophrenia explores similarities and differences across cultures regarding the disorder's occurrence, progression, and symptoms. Research shows that schizophrenia is present at similar rates in cultures around the globe. Even so, the World Health Organization has determined that the course of the disorder is typically worse in developed nations than in developing ones. The article discusses some possible reasons why this is the case. Researchers have noted that patients' delusions frequently are connected to their culture. Examples of culturally based delusions are provided. The article also points out that what is considered schizophrenic in one culture may be revered in another. PBS provides this article as part of a section of material about the teenage brain. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
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