Karenabout 1 month ago
I'm so sorry for your loss. I had a beautiful, brilliant brother who was troubled from his teen years. He didn't die from suicide, per se, but his relentless and anquished self-destructive drive meant that we were always waiting for the phone call. The call came when he was 50. I once read an article in The Atlantic by David Dobbs, http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/12/the-science-of-success/307761/
that mentioned " 'orchid' children, who will wilt if ignored or maltreated but bloom spectacularly with greenhouse care." The analogy applied to the gentle, sensitive, talented man who could always con mental health professionals into releasing him from 72-hour holds and who always would chose to self-numb his pain instead. I mourned his loss long before he died.