In 1952 he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was committed to Elgin State Hospital for the next thirteen years. A standard form of medication at this time was electric shock treatment. It is as if the lines in Steffen's drawings resemble electronic waves passing around the nervous system, fluctuating in pulses.
schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it hard to: Tell the difference between what is real and not real Think clearly Have normal emotional responses Act normally in social situations
http://www.webmd.com/schizophrenia/ss/slideshow-schizophrenia-overview?ecd=soc_pin_071315_ss_schizophrenia -- It may cause people to hear voices, see imaginary sights, or believe other people are controlling their thoughts. These sensations can be frightening and often lead to erratic behavior.
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