Tie-Dyed Schizophrenia | High Times


“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.” – Hunter S. Thompson

Psychiatrists describe me as charming, unpredictable, and dangerous.

“Although Mr. Karantsalis is currently stable, he has a severe mental illness with high potential for deterioration, despite adequate treatment,” one doctor warns.

Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder make strange bedfellows, and treatment includes mega-doses of antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and, for good measure, lots of weed.

Fired from my job last year for committing an “act of violence,” I penned a goodbye letter to friends and coworkers at the library who knew me as soft-spoken and playful.

Since high school, it was rare for me to hold a job for more than a year, most ending with lots of drama and a police response.

Joining a frat helped mask any defiant DNA as college pranks until I abruptly dropped out, sought refuge in a cave,…


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