JERUSALEM SYNDROME

From Falling Into the Fire: A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis, by Christine Montross “The third category of tourists afflicted by Jerusalem syndrome…is the most mind-boggling. This category is described as the “pure” form of the syndrome, because its sufferers have no history of mental illness. These tourists experience an acute psychotic event […]

VAN GOGH IN THE ASYLUM

“His unattractive appearance, his touchy character, his whims had alienated people. He had never analyzed his illness more clearly, endured men’s hostility with so much resignation, or spoken of his art with more common sense and lucidity, but now he was considered mad. He was sent back to the hospital. In Paris, Theo [Vincent’s brother […]