Article with Dr. Bruce Cohen

Voices. Hallucinations. Social dysfunctions so severe they can interfere with relationships and tear a family apart.

Such are the symptoms that reportedly sent Omar bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden, 29, to the hospital for schizophrenia treatment, according to Omar's spokesman. Perhaps most notably, Omar's spokesman said that the son of perhaps the world's most hunted terrorist has been bedeviled by his father's voice in his head.

The three mental health experts with whom ABC News spoke emphasized that they have no association with Omar bin Laden and could only refer to schizophrenia in general. But if Omar bin Laden indeed has schizophrenia, medical experts say it's no surprise the younger bin Laden reported hearing his father's voice.

Read more: Genes, Stress May Have Led to Omar Bin Laden's Schizophrenia


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