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Although enlarged brain ventricles are claimed as evidence of disease causation for schizophrenia,

they are relatively common happening to 1 in a 1000 people.

(Some sources cite 1 in 5000.)


Psychiatrists appearing on "60 Minutes" showed x-rays of enlarged brain ventricles and claimed they were evidence that schizophrenia is a brain disease.


A serious case of water on the brain: scans revealed only a narrow rim of brain material.

 This is an x-ray of extreme "normal functioning hydrocephalus."   The 44 year old French civil servant functioned well until a problem appeared with his left leg.  


Milder cases of 'normal functioning hydrocephalus' can exist for years until something happens to cause an x-ray or MRI to be taken. The condition, called "water on the brain," often discovered in childhood, can be corrected by installing a shunt to drain excess fluid.

 Enlarged ventricles are caused by normal pressure hydrocephalus. 


Psychiatrists and mental health researchers use statistical correlations to suggest causation for mental illness.  Correlation is not proof.


Before the claim that brain disease, which is the cause of mental illness, also caused the enlarge ventricles, it must be shown that those enlarged ventricles were not caused by increased cerebrospinal fluid pressure in the brain unrelated to mental illness.


The claim that enlarged ventricles are associated with schizophrenia and not just an unrelated correlation assumes everything is  known, every significant variable,  involved in cases of psychosis. 


The truth is that no one knows the cause of mental illness.


Psychosocial explanations involving stress are often given for mood disorders.  This involves a belief in the fragility of the human psyche.  When ICU Psychosis in hospitals is explained, too much stimulation from blinking lights and buzzers in an ICU are blamed.   In PTSD witnessed or experienced trauma is given as the cause of mental events. There is no testable objective evidence that any of the psychosocial explanations are true.


The truth is that the American Psychiatric Association does not know what mental illness is.  They can point to it, describe it, and give unproved explanations. Again,  no one knows the cause of psychiatric symptoms and episodes of psychosis.


I propose that the reason enlarged ventricles seem to appear more frequently in those diagnosed with schizophrenia is that when someone with normal pressure hydrocephalus manages to create enough chronic Subliminal Distraction exposure to be diagnosed as schizophrenic, hydrocephalic brain damage prevents normal spontaneous recovery because of reduced mental capacity through the slight decrement of IQ.


Although increased brain ventricles do appear more frequently in schizophrenia there is no evidence it is caused by anything else other than hydrocephalus.


"..."We were very surprised when we looked for the first time the CT scan," says Lionel Feuillet, a neurologist at the Mediterranean University, Marseille. "The brain was very, very much smaller than normal." Nevertheless, subsequent tests showed the man to have an IQ of 75 — at the lower end of the 'normal range'.

The patient was a married father with two children and a job as a civil servant. His problems with his left leg were a neurological symptom of the condition, says Feuillet.

The general condition caused by a build-up of fluid in the brain's ventricles — called hydrocephalus or 'water on the brain' — is relatively common, affecting about one in 1,000 people. It is most common in children but can affect adults too."