What is the significance of numbers/units of time (months/weekdays) in disorders like schizophrenia/bipolar?
Is there a name for the tendency of people diagnosed with schizophrenia to find meaning in seemingly random numbers and units of time (like April or Tuesday or 4 o'clock)?
Has any research been done to explain this connection? Is there anywhere I can find more information about it? Is it even technically a thing, statistically, for either schizophrenia or bipolar disorder? I've heard from a few sufferers of schizophrenia that it's not but they never specified if they meant just for them or as a whole.
For context, I'm referring especially to the documentary of Jani Schoefield (in a comment by scody here
) who had lots of 'friends' with names like 400 the cat and Tuesday, and wanted to be a number-checker when she grew up (to draw numbers' blood and make them feel better), and saw numbers ("[I see] two tens... the fake ten and the real ten."), but I also have an aunt diagnosed with schizophrenia who did the same thing. Some numbers were good, some were bad.
And what the hell, in the interest of full disclosure I'm diagnosed bipolar (medicated) and have noticed a trend in my life over the last few years as I've hit my mid-twenties where numbers have become not necessarily more significant
, but more common and used and randomly popping into my head. For example, my username was one of the first, and since then I've had a long string of usernames of the same general variety (thirteentwentyfour, six, twelvedeadmen, tenyearsofgoodbehavior, etc. etc.) that feel remarkably easy to understand and 'comfortable'. I'm not necessarily concerned but I do think it's interesting.