Still Crazy After All These YearsI am a mentally ill, drug-addicted, convicted 13-time felon awaiting trial for number 14 in the King County jail. Here's some background: I am 24 years old. My wife's in prison. I have lost everything there is to lose except for my life. I have lately noticed society's need to blame the stupid shit some people do on dope and mental illness. Well, all I can say is, it's about time.

I've been "managing" bi-polar disease with heroin and cocaine for years. I am now on meds, and for the first time in my life, I feel I can think and act responsibly. It's my own fault that I'm in here, and I'm not blaming anyone. But maybe if it had been "okay" with my folks (and everyone else, for that matter) that I was mentally ill, I wouldn't have felt the need to sedate myself all the time. Believe me, it only gets worse the longer you ignore it. Ten years from now when I (hopefully) get out, maybe I won't take revenge on you, the members of a hopelessly naïve society. But then again, maybe I will. Peace.

--Anonymous