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Part Two of Four Parts

By Caroline Clauss-Ehlers

Previously Bienestar talked about the experience of Ramiro Guevara, Director of the STAR Center, and his mother, Romana Guevara Martinez. Ramiro and Romana's story is one of a mother trying to get her own life together as she attempts to seek help for her son. Ramiro experienced auditory and visual hallucinations at a young age and shared how he was put in special education and never offered mental health intervention.

At age 15, Ramiro had a more serious suicide attempt that led to his hospitalization. Romana remembered hospital staff saying that her son was "going through a growing phase." Ramiro was released from the hospital with no additional intervention. At this time, Romana brought the entire family to see a psychiatrist but therapy consisted of three sessions and ended abruptly. Problems escalated as Romana believed her son was going to school every morning, only to later learn that he was cutting class and living a double life.

At age 16, Ramiro became a ward of the court and entered the juvenile justice system. When he finally came out of the juvenile justice system he was an addict. He saw his mother's recovery and decided to seek treatment for himself. For mental health information contact: The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill at 1-800-950-6264.

This column is educational. It does not substitute for formal medical advice. Do not use this information without talking with a qualified professional.

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Copyright 2005, Used with permission from Hoy.

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