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Christophrenic had a poor and disturbed upbringing. He lived in a South London flat that had plaster falling off the walls, broken furniture, no bathroom and his dad was a violent alcoholic who would often come home drunk and beat up his mum. His dad eventually grew out of this and stopped being violent.
Christophrenic started shop lifting at the age of 9. Aged 12 he started burgling houses and factories. Aged 13 he regularly appeared in juvenile court. Aged 14 he started stealing cars, and from sniffing glue and solvents he went on to regularly smoke cannabis and take LSD and also started burgling peoples houses whilst the occupants slept in bed. Aged 15 he first got put in a remand centre, then a detention centre and by this age he also started doing violent street robberies using knives, and aggravated burglaries where he would confront people in their homes whilst armed with weapons. He was also involved in cheque book fraud and started selling drugs.
Juvenile crime is a shocking and fascinating portrait of a young criminal.
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A better diary of a Christian schizophrenic is the 10th and maybe last diary that Christophrenic will be writing. It reveals an insight into his day to day life of being a 43 year old schizophrenic writer, filmmaker and poet who is a Christian and married with two teenage step children and two daughters.
Christophrenics diary writing has often been cathartic and therapeutic as it helps him cope with his symptoms of illness. He also reveals with painstaking accuracy the symptoms he experiences and what its like to live with schizophrenia.
He’s moods are often up and down, and fluctuate from sometimes feeling suicidal, to other times when he feels blissfully high and at peace. And his book also reveals haunting aspects of his past, such as the time he spent in prison when he was younger and delusions and fears that he often experiences that he’d be locked up again. He’s worries about being framed by the police for example, are typical of the paranoid delusions that are caused by his schizophrenic illness.
Christophrenic feels that his 10th diary is the best he’s written so far and he feels that not only does the book show that his health is slowly getting better, it also shows that he is becoming a much better writer.
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Christophrenic is the pen name of a 43 year old Christian writer, poet and filmmaker who suffers from schizophrenia. He is married and has got two teenage step children and two young daughters. He become ill in 1992 after spending 8 years of his youth in prison for violent and money motivated crimes and had a breakdown because he’d also regularly taken drugs.
His diary writing is often driven by anxiety and fear and is cathartic and therapeutic because writing his thoughts and feelings usually makes him feel better, as it alleviates the pain, and he does also write when he’s feeling happy and positive, so feels its a balance.
Christophrenic strives to lead a noble, Christian life but still struggles with using adult pornography sometimes, but hopes to eventually overcome this habit and also hopes to be completely healed of his illness one day, as he longs to be free of the psychological torment and horrible side effects of medication that he often experiences. He still loves the medication though and is grateful for it as his health would be worse without it and generally it keeps him reasonably well and stable.