February 15, 2017
Blake is a 26-year-old self-described “gym rat” with a BA in psychology, who works part time, parties every day and depends on his mother to pay his way. His mom, Sandra, admits she enables Blake but claims she doesn’t know where his behaviors come from. She said when Blake was 15; his father abandoned the family.
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“When I was 18, I went out and visited my dad – he was scary,” says Blake.
Blake’s sister, Sarah says, “Mental illness runs in our family. My dad would talk to people that weren’t there. He burned books in the barbecue pit. There was something that definitely wasn’t right.”
“I feel like I live in the shadow of my dad,” says Blake. “I was the son. What is a son supposed to do? He’s supposed to – live up – to be like his father. But if he’s like that, you don’t really want to be like him; so you’re kind of lost.”
Blake says he started seeing a psychiatrist when he was 7 years old. He claims his mom forced him into a mental hospital twice; “and any time either one of these two women get mad at me, the go-to answer is ‘You’re gonna end up just like your father.’”