When I was 15 or 16

Video posted December 12, 2013 in News by Tatiana Flowers


Ruben Evans, 36, has been living with schizophrenia for more than 15 years. 

Born outside of Tampa, Florida he lived with his parents, older brother and younger sister.  Ruben says doctors always refer him to someone else. "I've been to maybe 50 or 60 doctors." His sister Amber Evans says, "None of them can agree on his condition." 

Ruben says, "I started to realize I was different from other people when I was about 15 or 16." Though his sister says, "By the time he was 13, he was already abusing drugs."  She's unsure if the drugs made his condition worse, or if his schizophrenia has always been this severe.  Ruben pays 20 dollars per day to live in a boarding house in Yarnell, P.a.  He receives daily treatment at a methadone clinic to help with his drug addiction.  He hopes to eventually live in his own State College apartment with his friends.