Angelhead. My brother's descent into madness
- By: Sally-Ann S Price
“My brother saw the face of God. You never recover from a trauma like that.” This is the beginning of Michael Bottoms's descent into madness. The journey was a long and painful one characterised by desperation and ultimately despair. Consequently, this—his brother's account of the journey—is a dark and arduous book.
Michael developed schizophrenia after taking LSD. Perhaps the LSD contributed; perhaps it precipitated that first psychotic episode; perhaps it played no part at all. Bottoms remembers that Michael had always been odd, mean, and violent. There was more than a hint of mental illness through the generations in the family history: alcoholism, depression, and suicide ran in the family.
Psychosis is perhaps the ultimate psychiatric disorder and one that all medical students are encouraged to do a case study of during their psychiatric attachment. Angelhead demonstrates the flip side of psychosis: psychosis from the perspective of the family and