DID we cause our son's schizophrenia? After reading Denise Ryan's article (''When abuse derails learning'', Education, 10/5), I wondered how many other parents were asking themselves the same question.
Our son has severe long-standing schizophrenia. His sister, a year younger, is a fine, well-adjusted person. They had a similar upbringing.
At 17, he presented as cheerful, friendly, a fine sportsman and was recommended to sit for his Higher School Certificate. In the middle of the course the crash came. His friends deserted him and the next 20 years have been a wilderness.
Yes, there seems to be a connection between schizophrenia, depression and upbringing. But this article needed to also explain that, as far as is known, schizophrenia has an inherited component that appears to be triggered by an outside influence in the person's life, eg. marijuana. It can occur in the most stable of families.
Is it just me or is this a bit... off somehow? Though the article he's referring to sounds a bit off too.