My crazy brother
Twin brothers Robert and Richard Encinas were normal,
popular high school students in Southern California until
the summer after their sophomore year.
One minute theyre playing football, and the next
minute theyre in a psychiatric hospital, says brother
Tony Pelais, who after that summer returned to the high
school and questions like, What happened to your
brothers? I hear they freaked out.
Ricky Encinas says, My wife and I actually had no idea
what mental illness was. We hadnt even heard about
schizophrenia. After years of turmoil, [the twins] finally
learned to take medication continuously, and everything
kind of leveled off.
Robert now has his own apartment and Richard has a
job, is married and has a child. Photo from Nothing to
Hide: Mental Illness in the Family.
Courtesy Gigi Kaeser
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Uploaded: Apr 10, 2008
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