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Mental Health Concerns
Isaac Newton, the most famous mathematician of
the 17th century, experienced several “nervous
breakdowns” and was known for fits of rage
toward people who disagreed with him. He
appears to have had mild schizophrenia or bipolar
disorder. Newton’s mental illness seems to have
inspired his discovery of calculus and the laws of
mechanics and gravity. During a manic period in
his early 20s, Newton worked night and day—
often forgetting to sleep and eat—and made most
of his important discoveries. But his insomnia and
anorexia often induced periods of depression, and
he had memory loss, confusion, and paranoia.
Newton’s choices for treatment included
bloodletting, purging, potions of mixed sedatives,
prayer, a walk in the woods, or a good book.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young
people between the ages of 18 and 24, and causes more
deaths than all physical illnesses combined.
Estimated rates for student suicide come from surveys of
campus counseling, health center or administrative staff
at 4-year institutions. They range from 6.5 to 7.5 suicide
deaths per 100,000 students (Schwartz, 2006,2011;