one of my high school batch mates had to be admitted to the hospital for psych reasons....Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I guess she could be characterized as a bit of a blazing comet, the child of a physicist mom, and international chess master/judge father she was a mensa member since elementary school that competed in/wiped out the competition at international math/physics olympiads all the way through high school. By the time she was plowing through undergrad/medschool there were signs she was losing it mentally and everyone (family included) probably just tried to ignore it due to the stigma of mental health issues in asia as well as the fact that she was still doing great academically.
by the time she graduated medical school she was a wreck, never actually taking any of the board exams and now having episodes where she'd disappear for a week and there'd be a mad search for her. it was a vicious cycle.
what pisses me off is now there's this huge outcry on Facebook for "everyone to help!" but back in the day most everyone made fun of her because her parents were so driven and ambitious, but also because she was just lightyears ahead in terms of grades/intelligence/achievement that there was a backlash and resulting asian crab mentality at her success. We went to different medical schools but once the professors/consultants would find out that we were high school batch mates they'd have a ton of questions but mannered as if she was an oddity/freakshow.
My wife and I were actually friends and nice to her throughout, and it was always a huge thing when she'd randomly show up at my wife's or my birthday parties bringing thoughtful gifts (my wife book about the pythagorean theorum guy and for me a DH Lawrence book that I thought was just joke gift but I'm not going to lie did surface a ton of mommy issues I'll never be able to shake).
and now with my birthday coming up and her half a world away, I guess she won't randomly show up. I'm pissed of, and now sad that I know she won't show up.