Author Archives: waywardweed

About waywardweed

I am a consumer and parent of two sons, one with a mental illness and the other a third-year law student.

I Still Believe Most Of Us Are Good, but …

I was horrified to read that two of the six policemen that beat a man with schizophrenia so badly that he died have been found not guilty. Perhaps some of you have heard of the case (Southern Calif.) since it’s … Continue reading

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Pit bulls and Mental Illness

What’s the connection? Not much, except for two possibilities: both are misunderstood and feared. Up until the 1930’s, pit bulls were associated with kids. (Remember the Our Gang series or the mascot for Buster Brown shoes? Both were pit bulls.) … Continue reading

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Are You A “Mental Defective”?

Once a year my son gets a letter referring to him as a “mental defective.”  He has schizo-affective disorder and has been court ordered to follow treatment. He once asked me, “How do you think I feel when I get … Continue reading

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Is It Normal?

When your child is born the first sentence out of your mouth is: “Is it normal?” There is relief and gratitude when they tell you yes. Then twenty years later a bomb drops at the time your child is about … Continue reading

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They Just Don’t Like Us

Three years ago a clubhouse, Granite Pathways, opened in Manchester, N.H. to help people struggling with mental illnesses deal with the isolation, housing, and work issues that come with the territory, and all this without government funds. Unfortunately, a few … Continue reading

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New Research

New research links different diagnoses to same genes.   Mental illnesses share common DNA roots, study finds By Maggie Fox, Senior Writer, NBC News The biggest study yet into genetics and mental health has come up with a stunning result: … Continue reading

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Weirdo! Weirdo! Weirdo!

We shunned the local retard at our parents’ insistence. “But, Mom, I like him.” “Sorry, sweetie, stay away.” Dumb weirdo. A neighborhood child, post-polio, walked with a limp. No more friends. Crippled weirdo. Daddy said I shouldn’t play with my … Continue reading

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