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I believed we could serve a broader purpose by making mental illness less of a mystery. He moved from speaking single words to complete sentences with disconcerting speed.
He was sociable and got on well with other children, but was easily cast down if they rebuffed him.
He insisted on walking on the other side of the street from Jan and Alex.
The police had been called and decided Henry was a danger to himself. As Henry started to recover - and this recovery is by no means complete - about three years ago, I began to think we should write about our experiences.
Henry is well enough to write but not so distant from his psychosis that it has become ancient history in his mind. With his blond hair, he looked like a friendly cherub, smiling frequently, responsive to others, with a strong sense of fun and a great appetite for life.
I asked how he was enjoying being a student, and he said: 'I have never been happier in my life.' After Jan's call I rushed home to Canterbury where my wife, who teaches English literature, described the sinister changes she had seen in Henry since Christmas.
It was, she said, as if another personality had been invading his mind.
Jan sounded more anxious than I had ever heard her, and I felt a sense of dread as I realised there had been some disaster.
Henry, our 20-year-old son, had nearly died when he swam across the River Ouse estuary at Newhaven, East Sussex, fully clothed and was rescued by fishermen as he left the near-freezing water.
Henry was not there when they arrived but the door of his room in the halls of residence was open so they went in.
The place was an appalling mess, with empty coffee cups, discarded meals and dirty clothes all over the floor.
We should not get our orders from clocks.' 'Do you really think clocks tell us what to do? When Jan told a therapist she had been seeing for depression, after a series of family deaths, about Henry's behaviour, the therapist said it sounded as if he was heading for a psychotic breakdown, adding: 'He needs to see a psychiatrist as soon as possible and be put on medication.' Over the next few days Jan repeatedly called him but failed to reach him.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating