Abnormal behavior

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Their messages became extremely scary and confusing.

Based on his rigorous training as a professional athlete, Aldridge was not one to quickly turn to get help and admit his problems. So, for a while, Aldridge kept his schizophrenia to himself. He attempted to rid himself of them by simply ignoring them. However, the voices began to get more and more intense and Aldridge had a harder and harder time keeping his illness a secret. The voices became incredibly antagonizing and tortured Aldridge with delusions of incompetence and extreme self-loathing. Eventually, he could no longer control his reactions to the voices, "I started talking back to the voices, bickering and pleading and cursing," (Aldridge 2009:1). Thus, with this erratic behavior, rumors began circling about Aldridge being on drugs and in an unstable mental state. His declining state led him to loose his job, family, and friends. He lost everything and became a nomad dominated by his illness. Eventually he agreed to be hospitalized by the urgings of his old friends. There he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and "slowly the doctors hit upon some drugs that helped. Little by little my condition improved, the voices gradually subsided," (Aldridge 2009:5). After a…[continue]

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