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.
Schizophrenia Story Show Highlights:
“We often minimize just how important a great home environment is.” ~ Vincent M. Wales
[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.
About Our Guest
At 15, Patrick M. was an honor roll student and aspiring writer, but that changed when he began experiencing paranoia and delusions. Patrick’s parents took him to see a psychiatrist, where he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Today, Patrick has an Associate’s degree and is set to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2018, and he plans to pursue a Master’s degree in computer science after that. He hopes that, by sharing his schizophrenia story, he can show others that people with mental illness can still lead “natural and healthy lives.”
See Patrick’s story on YouTube.
About The Psych Central Show Hosts
Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. In addition to hosting The Psych Central Show, Gabe is an associate editor for PsychCentral.com. He also runs an online Facebook community, The Positive Depression/Bipolar Happy Place, and invites you to join. To work with Gabe, please visit his website, gabehoward.com.
Vincent M. Wales is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. In addition to co-hosting The Psych Central Show, Vincent is the author of several award-winning novels and the creator of costumed hero Dynamistress. Visit his websites at www.vincentmwales.com and www.dynamistress.com.