Eating disorders can be a terrible burden both for those who are ill and for the relatives. - The last thing I wanted was to hurt and burden those I love, but the forces of disease are so strong.

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In an episode of the documentary series Sinnssykt (i.e., Insanity) which airs on the Norwegian NRK web-tv, we met Emil who has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. We get to see how he had plans to take his life, but where care from his friends and seeking help saved him.

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It's so easy to forget that behind the dirty clothes, the drawn face, the selfish actions, behind the syringe, foil or whatever it may be, there is a human being. An ordinary person who has made some wrong choices in life that has led them into the situation they are now in. Do not give up, do not judge. This, the drug addict manages well to do himself.

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In all these years, I had no idea what was happening to me. I was terrified. But I never told anyone. I did not dare. 

My life started to get chaotic, a first sign that something was not right. I was in my late twenties when I became ill, and this was my first of a total of three psychiatric hospital admissions. The first admission was hard, but necessary. 

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I was 14 years old. I was afraid. I wish they had not let me go...

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I have often felt a great shame about attaching myself so much to people who get paid to talk to me. After all, I was your job, but to me you were one of the only people I met in everyday life.

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When Gustav Koi (69) grew up in Arendal in the 1950s and 60s, no one talked about Asperger's syndrome. Only at the age of 59 did he get the diagnosis himself.

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