A mental illness diagnosis is not only hard on the individual, but the person’s entire family. This week’s guest shares the story of one of his brothers, whose behavior would ultimately be diagnosed as schizophrenia, but who went untreated for many years, coming into and going out of his family’s life for long stretches of time. This would come to an end only after his brother went behind bars for the murder of their parents. Listen in to hear the story, how it affected the family both before and after the tragedy, why his brother was unable to use a mental health defense, and how treatment could have prevented it all.
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Family Murder Show Highlights:
“He talked about [the movie] Groundhog Day. The first thing that occurred to him every day when he woke up was what he had done.” ~ Mitch Gluck
0:54 His brother’s diagnosis and how it affected the family
6:00 The murder that changed everything
8:50 His brother’s life after the tragedy
11:37 When did his brother realize what had happened and what were his reasons?
14:21 Why his brother could not use a mental health defense
19:14 How is the family now?
About Our Guest
Mitch Gluck is Assistant Administrator at the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital and Adjunct Professor of Social Work at California State University at San Marcos. He has worked in the field of mental health for more than four decades.
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.