I spoke with my brother again tonight. He is well into another episode, his third in four years. We talked for over an hour this time, until he heard the phone being wire-tapped and hung up.
My mother called back several minutes later and explained that my father bugged the telephone before he left, with help from the “others.” Then she cried for a long time. I used to argue with her, but now I just listen quietly. It’s easier that way.
Research suggests that schizophrenia is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. As my brother and I have both in common, I have often wondered why he developed the disease and I didn’t. This seems like a perfectly plausible explanation:
Early adult smoking protects from schizophrenia
Shouldn't I get a Medic-Alert bracelet or something?