So I am not about to add my comments about him in particular but instead to give you some insight into the world of mental illness as our family travelled this path almost 10 years ago.
The brain is one of the most powerful organs in the body and able to control every action, thought and movement of a person's being. It dictates normal or abnormal behaviour and the ablitity to function within society or the need to be removed from it. When the brain circuits are firing on the wrong signals, the thinking becomes distorted and nothing you can say or do can convince that person that their thinking is off balance. White becomes black, and positive things now become negative. They are invincible, super heroes powered by the false imagery that their brain is now telling them this is the new reality.
What saddens me in all of the media attention the last few weeks. and in the past about other celebrities is that they do not realize that the illness is not the person. I am confident that with the proper medical treatment with balanced medications that the real person who was created to live a normal, mental healthy state would slowly come back to the surface and be embraced by those around them. I remember one very brilliant psychiatrist making a very simple statement " Well people do not act that way". That statement is rehearsed in my mind when I see signs of instability in a person's behaviour. The difficult part is that the real person is very hard to find until the medication is both balanced in kind and dosage. Talk therapy does not work until an assessement is made in regard to medication. We were told that you could talk and try to reason until you are blue in the face, but until the medication rewires the brain you are wasting your time!
Before the onset of the illness you love who they really are, the gentler side, the caring side, the creative side and that person is still there.
When someone has cancer or heart disease you don't define them by the illness or at least you shouldn't. I volunteer at a Cancer Support Centre and I don't like to define people as cancer survivors or overcomers because that is not who they are. They are people just like you or I, that have an illness. As a Christ Follower no event should define who you are, other than the time that you took a step of faith to surrender your life to Him. No illness, marital status, or life event should define who you are.
So if you know of someone struggling with an illness never label them as the "crazy person" or the "sick person" because they are not crazy; just unwell. It could be you, no one chooses mental illness it chooses you! Learn how to support, walk alongside and you too can see amazing results when you see the person who they were created to be start to be well. Praying that Charlie too , can find wellness in his life.