From Buns of Steel’s Chapter 4,
we learn the depth of Charlie’s childhood trauma. He describes in detail the incident that’s shaped his life as a result of his father’s mental instability.
What we will soon learn is Clarence’s mental health was jeopardized by Schizophrenia.
Similar to all mental illnesses, Schizophrenia is very serious. It forever distorts the clarity of a person’s brain activity; causing them to constantly behave irregularly.
When someone is battling schizophrenia they often tend to communicate in tones of disconnected volumes. Their perceptions of emotion are severely altered, and they lack the critical judgement needed when making decisions relating to themselves or others.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) uses this video to illustrate Schizophrenia so we can better understand:
Those living with Schizophrenia find it challenging to function within society as their diagnoses can serve as a gateway to others. These include Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and PTSD. A diagnosis of Schizophrenia isn’t a total loss though. As some may consider it a burden, others like Professor Elyn R. Saks uses her diagnosis as a means of inspiration.
Check out her TED Talk on asking to trash her doctor’s office:
For more information about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of Schizophrenia check out this article from NAMI at http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Schizophrenia.
Share this post with anyone you know associated with Schizophrenia. Trust me I’m cool with it.
Always remember a simple message can change minds, heal hearts, and change lives.
I Love You All,