Long road to recovery | Northern Daily Leader

Sat Jun 21, 2014

FOR much of his early adult life, Glen Botfield had an uneasy feeling “things weren’t quite right” in his head – but now things are spot on for the Tamworth-based mental health support worker.

After a traumatic incident in Sydney, Mr Botfield began feeling unwell and moved home to Tamworth to his parents, Peter and Yvonne.

He spoke to his father about his feelings, which by this time had escalated to the point where Mr Botfield was “seeing things and hearing voices”.

“I was diagnosed by Dr Michael de Groot as having schizophrenia,” Mr Botfield said.

His diagnosis didn’t stop Mr Botfield from participating in life.

“That was back in the early- to mid-1980s and at that time there was very little support around for people with a mental illness –and virtually none for their families,” he said.

For years he was in and out of Bligh House, but in the late 1990s, through consultation with his local doctor and his specialist, Mr Botfield was given a different medication, which he said, changed his life.

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