BROOKLYN PITBULLS: Mental Illness Awareness

Monday, January 27
One Young Man’s Rocky Road to Recovery
November 15, 2011 Overcoming the challenge of living with symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – a mix seen more often in men Stephen Maguire, a doctoral student in mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, began noticing a while back that sometimes on his way home from class the streets would seem unnaturally empty. A feeling of menace would come over him and he would start walking in “a snake-like pattern to make it hard for someone trying to shoot me.” He knew these thoughts were irrational-no one was out to shoot him-but they kept coming. Last spring, he found himself back in the Menninger Clinic, a psychiatric hospital in Houston, Texas, where 16 years earlier, at the age of 16, he had been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.