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Bagus Utomo: Fighting the stigma of schizophrenia

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 26 2012   /  12:44 pm

JP/Dicky ChristantoFreelance librarian Bagus Utomo could never have conceived of the day when his older brother, Bayu, ran into the house shouting that he had just seen a ghost.

That was 17 years ago, and was the beginning of a long, tiring struggle for the man and his family.

At first, Bayu was taken to a doctor near their home and given a prescription. After a few days of taking the pills everything seemed to go back to normal. Everybody, including Bagus, thought the shouting was just Bayu releasing stress.

However, in a few days chaos returned. Bayu began to shout and swear, deeply scaring his family.

This time, aside from visiting the same doctor, Bagus started to think his brother should visit someone with spiritual capabilities because he thought perhaps he was the victim of black magic, thus requiring a non-medical approach.

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