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I have an ex roomate that's been acting strange lately and I wanted some opinions since you guys seem to know a good bit about different drugs and how they effect the mind/body.
He had a fairly bad head injury a little over 10 years ago (I didn't know him at the time) and he was taken to a doctor. He had to have part of his skull taken off and part of his brain was operated on. The doctor told him that if he were going to have any adverse effects they would show up within 10 years. Well, the 10 year mark passed and he was fully cured and led a good life. He played sports and did excellent in school. Of course he did a little MJ every once in a while and I'm sure he's experimented with other drugs, but I'm not sure what. Then 2 months after the 10 year mark he was in a wreck (rolled his WRX down a mountain rd. one night). Everyone was ok and came home that night (none were hospitalized or even looked at) and I didn't see any bruises or cuts even. His parents refused to buy him a new car because this was the 2nd new WRX he had wrecked in a 4 month period. They bought him an old Buick Park Avenue and from around that point on he started acting weird.
He quit school and started isolating himself from everyone. There were times when he'd drive his car off somewhere and leave it in the middle of the road and walk back home. Of course the car got towed and after doing this twice his parents refused to give it back to him. Then he started walking around everywhere and would disappear for days at a time. He'd walk around the yard laughing and acting like there was someone there with him, but there never was. At times he'd be sitting at the table and you'd ask him a question and he'd be in a different world, not hearing a word you said. He quit eating because it was "wrong" to eat any living thing (they have feelings), or anything that had previously lived...this included any plants, nuts, meat, rice, etc.. Basically all food was off limits. When he did eat he would always throw it back up out in the yard. He was never violent towards anything or anyone and when I could catch him in a "good" spell he seemed to be very "normal" but these were rare...probably 10-15 mins out of the week. I left for the summer and when I came back he was about to move out of town. He moved out 6 wks ago and now I'm told that he believes he can make lines move on the tv and he can teleport. I think he's entering an altered state of mind and he feels he's teleporting because he's porting from reality to fantasy. He got back in school in his new town and was doing great I hear, but some professors cornered him about his "mental" issues and he was embarrassed so he quit.
People have tried to get him to see a specialist but he refuses to go. Do you know of any drugs that would cause a persons mind to go into this kind of state? Do you think the recent car wreck messed with his brain functioning enough to push him into this state of mind? Have you ever dealt with someone like this and have certain things that help them or make them feel better?
I'm just looking for some answers or opinions because he's a dear friend of mine and it's hurting his friends and family to see him go through this. I can only imagine what it's really doing to him.
I'm no doctor, to be sure, but from what I've read about head injuries, I'd say the recent wreck did something to his brain. It sounds like the first injury was pretty traumatic, so that makes sense to me. Also, sudden personality changes can be indicative of brain injury. I'm sure the drugs aren't helping him at all, either. But beyond convincing him to see a neurologist soon, I don't know what you yourself could do for him. Sorry I don't have any more relevent advice for you...
You might have to talk to his parents about having him committed. If that's the only way you can get him to go see someone, I say don't waste any more time. It will only get worse.
If they're able to help him, he'll likely thank you later on.
I have a brother that went through a simliar, though apparently less dramatic situation. He too suffered a massive brain injury, was in a coma for about a month. He then had 3 accidents in the next 4 years which seemed to make him progressively worse. He did get violent with many people, and made decisions that would leave everybody just shaking their head. He went through about 5 years of this and got into tons of trouble then slowly starting getting normal again. I'm happy to say he seems to coping well, except for some occasional depression. But he never got crazy like talking to himself (that much ) or not eating.
Brain injuries can cause very puzzling phenomona. There are even people who suffer a brain injury and become autistic. Pretty extraordinary considering that this means those abilities associated with some forms of autism are latent in all of us.
-------------------- I keep it real because I think it is important that a highly esteemed individual such as myself keep it real lest they experience the dreaded spontaneous non-existance of no longer keeping it real. - Hagbard Celine
I've talked to his parents quite a bit about it. Since I'm renting this house from them I see them all the time and his mother is worried to death. She brings him up nearly everytime she comes over and usually ends up in tears. As to him being committed, they did that right before I left for the summer and the mental hospital screwed with him even more. They diagnosed him as bi-polar and was going to start giving him medicine to re-arrange the nerve paths in his brain (?) His mother swore he wasn't bi-polar and yanked him out before any meds were given.
She talked to another Dr. where he's living now who's supposed to be pretty big timin' in the states and he believes his brain was jolted during the 2nd wreck. What she explained to me was that parts of his brain shifted and caused certain nerves to break their alignment. Instead of them firing like usual, they're trying to re-route themselves in a way which makes him rely on instinct instead of reasoning. Maybe he'll give in and see the guy in his new town.
He needs to be examined ASAP, he is showing severe symptoms of brain damage or at least a psychotic break. He needs help. He's not going to like it at all and he may very well have to be forced to get help, but if you care about him them it needs to be done.