As I now work downtown I have become familiar with several of the schizophrenics who hang out, and it seems like I notice a new one just about every week. This morning I was walking and one was right in my path and when I tried to move out of the way he got a few inches from my face and screamed various obscenities at me. He then went into the Starbucks bathroom. I thought about it for a second and decided to go in and get in line. When he came out a few minutes later he grabbed me by the shoulders and gave me a solid push backwards, all the while continuing to yell obscenities at me. I called the police. He tried to run away from me, but I decided to follow him from about a block away. The police (4 officers total) showed up at the parking garage and he let his true colors show - the guy is completely crazy, hardly capable of forming coherent thought. She asked if I wanted to press charges. I said my only concern was finding out how I can help him take his meds. She said he has a case worker, but that there was nothing they can do. I spoke to two different officers and they made it clear that they are familiar with this guy and that there is nothing they or anyone can do for him. They spoke to him for about five more minutes until the crazy subsided and then they just left him there.
Now consider the following response for a doctor who used to work in a psych ward:
Schizophrenics are ticking time bombs. They may not take their meds, and by not taking their meds they cause their condition to worsen.Originally Posted by Dr. Charles Raison
I see this situation as society falling through on the social contract. We brought you into this world so you could help humanity continue, because we think life is worth living. But it didn't work out for you, and now we are going to ignore you, ostracize you and let you suffer, trying our hardest not to think about you.
It's completely messed up.