Psychologist Frederick Frese accepted that he was schizophrenic and learned to control the disease with medication after he’d already experienced several psychotic breaks. One-third of the nation’s estimated 400,000 homeless people suffer from schizophrenia, but refuse to take medication because they don’t think they’re ill, Frese said.
Words take on added meaning during a schizoid break, Frese said, as he teaches medical students about the disease. “And we look for patterns.” During a conversation with John Nash, the subject of the movie, “A Beautiful Mind,” Nash said he counts people wearing red ties. “For me,” Frese said, “it’s colors and numbers. Red, white and blue are really big ones.”
By Fran Henry, The Plain Dealer
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007
On a business trip in 1967, Frederick Frese cracked the code of the universe – a labyrinth of concepts and beliefs related to the number three. He suspected as much on his way to church, faithfully heeding traffic lights although he was on foot.
At red lights, he’d stop walking, no matter where he was on the block.
When he got to church, he knelt by the priest, and when the priest asked him to leave after Mass, Frese felt a change come over him. He barked like a dog, then grunted like an ape. He fell to the floor and writhed like a snake. A few life forms later, he became a tritium atom – the kind used to build a hydrogen bomb – and knew he was going to be split, triggering a nuclear blast to start World War III.
God, he believed, had chosen him for the mission.
“I was the instrument that would wipe out the universe,” Frese said dryly, slouched in a lawn chair on the patio of his Hudson home.