Apr 19, 2018
The onset of mental illness can upend our lives in many ways. In this episode, we speak with a young man living with schizophrenia and hear about the impact it has had on him and his family. He describes his life before his diagnosis and the first symptoms of what would turn out to be schizophrenia. In addition to sharing the trauma of this diagnosis, he speaks of his treatment and how, in hopes of joining the Army, he stopped his treatment (with predictable results). He offers advice for those newly diagnosed with schizophrenia and for their parents, stressing how important it is to have loved ones who are accepting and supportive.
[2:35] The first symptoms of Patrick’s schizophrenia.
[5:01] Patrick describes the trauma of schizophrenia.
[16:49] Patrick offers advice for the newly diagnosed.
[17:52] Patrick offers advice for parents of the newly diagnosed.