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As I went through my patient notes one night in the ER, I thought about how strangely quiet the last few hours had been. Just then, I heard the doors slam as the police rushed in with a man in his late 20s. He was delusional and psychotic.

His mother arrived and told me that she had to call 911 when her son started waving a knife, threatening to kill her. She said that he had stopped bathing in recent days, and then she noticed that he was extremely paranoid. He had hardly any appetite - and, she recalled, the whites of his eyes had looked yellow for the last few weeks.

His behavior reminded her of how he acted the previous year, when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.…

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