"In The Grip of Paranoid Schizophrenia – Third Edition" now available on Amazon.com and other online booksellers.
In addition, the copy the author Mr. Podsobinski gave the Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library will be making its way to their shelf (replacing the first and second editions) and they said recently that it is being cataloged into their system, and will be on the shelf soon.
In 1984, a young man moved into Barnesville named Larry Podsobinski. He already had had a diagnosis for several years of paranoid schizophrenia. As your new neighbor’s mental illness worsened, he lost himself, believing he was John Lennon back from the dead in a Buddhist transmigration of soul. Mr. Podsobinski began contacting The White House and actual CIA.
In response, they sent agents to notify dearly departed Chief Chris Ditto that they, the Secret Service were in town three times to see Mr. Podsobinski. Then in September of 1993, the CIA Security Operations Center began calling Chief Ditto and Mr. Podsobinski himself. The problem with Mr. Podsobinski stemmed from his illness. In addition, his illness was such that during these times there was no medication that would work as desired and only had unpleasant side effects that caused him to stop taking them.
This only resulted in the grip of the illness coming right back. He was a classic revolving door patient at the now closed local state hospital. While confined in hospital in 1994, the CIA employee assigned to him in their security center told Larry that a new medication had been invented and was approved that year by the FDA.
She told him, "This is what you wanted, a new generation medication; seek it and you will find it." This re-directed Larry’s quest to convince the governments of the world that USA was illegally using replicated UFO technology on all of us, to a new mission: To find the new medication he had waited about 10 years to be invented and approved. However, the hospital could not give him the new medication. Protocol had it that cheaper medications must be tried first; a catch 22, as these were the exact ones that did not work with Larry. Therefore, he had to with the help of a well-known advocate, file in court for the right to have the new medication. He won the court case.
After only 48 hours on the new medicine, Larry was back to himself, the delusional personality gone completely away. Larry realized immediately what he had been doing and the exact nature of the grip the illness had on him for the first time in nearly 20 years. As he had forensic charges pending from his behavior while sick, he had to go back to Belmont County Common Pleas Court to be released from the hospital.
There, on January 30, 1995 he made a commitment to never stop taking this new wonder drug, and that‘s what Risperdal is for Larry and all who know him. In the following few years, he set out to write a book about his journey. He successfully self-published it in 2007 and when it was reported by the Barnesville Enterprise it was big news in 2008. Erin C. Donnelly, the then editor of the Enterprise offered Larry a free second edition polish and buff edit, for her portfolio, which became the second edition book.
After thinking about the book for 4 years, Larry started a "reconstruction edit" on the book, because he felt the Philosophy he mentioned did not belong in the book. This was replaced with more modern thinking on how to treat the illness. This is an important read for anybody interested in the topic. It provides a vivid look at what goes on inside a psychotic mind, facts about the illness and living with it successfully.
There is no cure for schizophrenia, however one’s diagnosis can be downgraded like Larry’s from paranoid type to residual type, again, through his living up to his commitment to always put his medications first in his the rest of his life.
Besides the parts of Larry’s Secret Service file and other such papers that were already in the book, there is new: An article by R. Susan Culbertson, who was an administrative worker at the hospital 24 years ago when Larry was last there. This edition also includes a letter written by his psychiatrist corroborating and, thus, prescribing nicotine for being helpful with schizophrenia.
Larry has not used tobacco in over 8 and half years by using the e-cigarettes for his needed source of nicotine. There are other pleasantries also new to this edition. Overall, it stands to be a very good easy read on the subject.