Marjorie Baldwin studied discrimination against workers with disabilities as a health economist and professor at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, until her son was diagnosed with one of the most stigmatized health conditions there is — schizophrenia.
Now, she studies workers with mental illness and she’s written a new book about her work and her experience raising her son called “Beyond Schizophrenia: Living and Working with a Serious Mental Illness.”
Schizophrenia usually manifests itself in someone in their late teen years or early 20s, she said. For her son, it happened when he was a junior in college.
“But, for months before, he became acutely ill,” she said. “I noticed just a change in his personality, he became more irritable, he became very talkative … his behavior just became more unpredictable.”
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