So, very recently, my brother has finally agreed to get treatment. The doctor that has been working with him says that he is convinced Terence has schizophrenia. I, on the other hand, have my doubts.
Since Terry has come to live with me, years ago, I have begun looking into possible mental illnesses my brother could be dealing with. I have read up on the illness for quite a while and always wondered to myself if this was it.
Growing up, Terry and I were not very close, but I cannot say we were distant either. Terry was popular amongst his friends and always had something to do, and I was quite a few years younger than him, and never interfered with his social circle. Terry was twenty when a tragedy occurred. He was partying when (from what I have heard and understood through all of the stories told from his friends and other party-goers) he was sneaking more so-called mind expanding drugs than everyone else was taking. I do not know what they were all taking, but it was an assortment, and LSD was involved.
Afterwards Terry has been something other than his former self. He went missing after the incident, but no one was looking for him. He was living on the streets, and in and out of state hospitals for about six years. Then, one day, during a birthday party some of my friends had thrown for me, he just showed up out of the blue, a total mess, and has been living within my home ever since.
Terry speaks very incoherently. It is obvious that his mind does not make the same connections that mine does. Even though his words and behavior are very disorganized, he has a single delusion that shows up here and there but never is or was persistent for a long period of time. He believes that he is in a famous rock-n-roll group. Sometimes one of ‘his’ songs will come on the radio, and he will try to explain his contributions to the song.
Terry never became withdrawn. He spends his days going for walks around town, and everyone knows him by name. He often attempts to keep up cheerful conversations with people he meets in town, unaware of his incoherent speech. He hasn’t any people you could call his ‘friends’, but he is rather well known amongst the area, (mostly as an example of ‘what drugs do to your brain’).
Anyway, I always wondered can you acquire Schizophrenia by taking to much drugs? Or is this something else? Whenever people have asked me in the past what exactly was wrong with my brother, I could never exactly tell them, without sharing a whole long personal story.
What are your thoughts on this, if I may know? Thank-You