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My crazy brother 

Trinidad Esparza (center) sailed through high school as student body president and a star athlete, and went on to college and then a job as a tax auditor. But then he started feeling paranoid and thought voices in the television were talking to him. He stopped eating and even stopped drinking water. He had to resign from his job, and eventually was hospitalized and diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder. His mother, Bartola, says of her sons illness, We didnt hide it ... Some people wont tell anyone that a family member has a mental illness. They keep it to themselves and hibernate in the closet. I tell people to open up and let the world know. Trini, as hes known, now volunteers and is waiting for a cure for mental illness. Its just a matter of time and research. Photo from Nothing to Hide: Mental Illness in the Family.

Image credit: Courtesy Gigi Kaeser

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