‘I thought I had lost my way’: How a ‘pigtailed’ man’s life changed
A man with a ‘huge amount of pigtails’ says he’s been in a constant battle with mental illness since he was a baby.
He said he’d been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when he was 12, but struggled to cope with life and school.
“It was a constant struggle,” he said.
Mr Veeg had started school aged 11 but found himself unable to focus on school work.
When he was 13, he got a job as a school bus driver.
His father, who is now in his 80s, said he was initially unable to pay for his son’s medication.
But the family found Mr Veegs son was suffering from depression and anxiety, and had trouble coping with school.
“He got on to the bus, and then he was having trouble going home,” Mr Vees father said.
“I thought, ‘Oh, I’m a little bit lonely’.”
Mr Vees son began taking his medication daily.
By the time he was 17, Mr Veedg said he had started taking more of the medication.
“We were living in a big house, and I had a big family, so it wasn’t just me,” Mr Veeg said.
He said his son eventually started to get better.
“And then I thought I’d lost my mind,” he told News.au.
At 16, Mr Veekg was able to take his son back to school.
But when his son turned 18, he began taking more medication again.
In his mid-30s, Mr Vineg said his family was struggling financially, and they had been living on welfare for many years.
“It’s not something that we were expecting,” Mr Vinee said.
The Veeeg family is now paying for his medication and he said they were worried about the future.
“When he went to school, I said, ‘Look, I’ll be here with you, you’ll be fine,'” Mr Veegs father said of his son.
“But I never saw him go to school again.”
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