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Re: “My Crazy Brother

This article is a true account of living with someone with schizophrenia. My son was diagnosed with it when he was 19, he's 37 now. There were so many times I thought I would open the garage door and see him hanging from the rafters. I've had crazy times with him similar to what the author has had with his brother. He now lives in a group home and is med compliant. That was his biggest problem earlier. He didn't want to live in a group home and he didn't want to take his meds. So he ran around doing crazy things all the times, landing him in jail or the hospital. The reason I'm writing is that I want to comment on the previous poster's comment about treating mental illness with marijuana. That is a very irresponsible thing to say. Now, I'm not a person that is against marijuana, in fact, I would like to see it legalized. I think it has many good medical uses and would certainly cut down on crime if it was controlled. But to say that someone with a mental illness should treat themselves with it, well, you don't know what you are talking about. If my son ever had one puff of marijuana, it would send him into a place I wouldn't wish on anyone. He would have a complete psychotic episode that always landed him in the hospital. The meds that someone with mental illness has to use is such a delicate balance, it shouldn't be messed with once the mix is correct for that individual. If marijuana 'cured' the person you were speaking of, then they were misdiagnosed. I just want to set the record straight on this subject in case someone with a mental illness thinks this gives them a reason to use. MARIJUANA IS NOT THE CURE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS, PERIOD, END OF STORY.

Posted by tg on 05/21/2008 at 8:14 AM

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