chris53 
Member since May 1, 2008


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Re: “My Crazy Brother

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this article. I imagine it was very difficult to do and my sincere sorrow for your loss. I have been a quite advocate for a long time on our failure as a society to help those who suffer from mental illness. The high price our society, families, businesses, and love ones pay in both monetary and in hopelessness and dispair in not addressing this problem saddens me. It is not just those who acutely and obviously have problems but those who "fall in the cracks". My boyfriend suffers from PTSD due to his combat services in VietNam. He is just now understanding that he isn't "crazy" or "bad" because hew as unable to hold a job, or maintain long relationships or even stay in one place for very long. His hyperviligence kept him in an acute stage of anxiety. He became homeless and an alcoholic. He also spent 1 year in prison for DUI's. Then when he received another (and while he was waiting sentencing), we spent thousands of dollars on psychiatric evaluations and yes, they confirmed he was manic-depressive and suffering from PTSD. The conclusion that more time in prison would not help. He needed a combination of medicine and intense outpatient therapy. They said with this combination he would do fine. They sentenced him to the max and give him another 2 1/2 years. He will be released in September. So, this man has never harmed a person. Never been convicted for any other crime. Is a purple heart recipient and we shun him away because of mental illness. Again, thank you for allowing me this opportunity to write. Regards, Chris53 We need each other. We need to reach out with understanding and help and not judgment.

Posted by chris on 05/01/2008 at 9:02 AM

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