Gabriel is a 19 year old male from a very rural Kaqchikel speaking municipality.  He recently had a “psychotic break”. We evaluated it and found him to be paranoid and an acute danger to himself and to others. We hospitalized him, where he was formally diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Now he is on medication but is home and doing well. He is functioning at a high level, working in the fields, etc.He has several things going for him that suggest a good prognosis – including response to medication, acute onset of the illness (people with lingering insidious symptoms do worse), presence of mostly positive symptoms (e.g. paranoia, hallucinations, as opposed to negative symptoms like social withdrawal).  And perhaps most importantly, his family is supportive.He needs the help of the WK family because the medications that are required to control his schizophrenia are not cheap, and he needs help with transportation from a rural setting for psychiatric followup periodically.

His medications are about $25 per month, and another $25 for travel. For $600 we could provide him with a good solid year of treatment.

If you would like to help Gabriel, please complete the short form below, and click the ‘Donate’ button when you are finished.

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