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I was seventeen when I first got ill. My diagnosis was schizophrenia. Later, because of my manic behavior it was changed to manic depression. There is no history of mental illness in our family, my twin sister is perfectly fine. My mother and the rest of the family are very supportive and watch out for me.
Altogether I had nine hospitalizations, it happens each time I get off the medications. The last time I was six months in a locked facility. I had been running in the streets in the Tenderloin hitting people for no reason.. The police took me in a paddy wagon to jail.I have been in several different halfway houses where I learned to cook and prepare for independent living. Now I share a nice apartment with my younger brother.

Antoine Vaden, Client