Graduation Date

Fall 12-18-2020

Grading Professor

Fred Kaufman

Subject Concentration

Arts & Culture

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Schizophrenia, which includes a combination of persistent and overwhelming hallucinations and delusions, emerges in men between the ages of 18 and 25. After I experienced a string of strange auditory hallucinations as a 19-year-old, I begged to fast-forward past the threshold of early adulthood to learn my fate: whether I was among the one-time voice-hearers, the people with a long-term mental illness or the conspiracy-peddling catastrophizers. I came to understand that those distinctions are blurrier than we’d like to admit. We are all connected through a shared pathology, falling in some liminal space between sanity and madness.

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Using Datawrapper, I generated an interactive map with this dataset to illustrate the varying availability of psychiatric beds across the fifty states per 100,000 residents. Data via the Pew Charitable Trusts. An interactive version can be found here:

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Using Datawrapper, I generated a chart with this dataset to illustrate the prevalence of auditory hallucinations in children, adolescents, adults and elderly populations. Data via Psychological Medicine meta-study.



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