Misjudged and Misperceived is an explosive nonfiction story based on the traumatic experiences of a 27-year-old anonymous gentleman, using the pseudonym Mavuto, who was diagnosed with Early Onset Schizophrenia aged fifteen. Though his identity is hidden, the plot contains real life occurrences used as the lens through which the writer who studied Mental Health Nursing at Greenwich University, London in 1999, examines factors that prevented early intervention and delayed Mavuto’s diagnosis, purporting the argument early intervention could have improved Mavuto’s quality of life.
“He’s been kicking of nonstop, so I’ve drawn up 5 millilitres of intramuscular Haloperidol.” A flustered looking female nurse announced, racing down the corridor in Bwaila Mental Health Unit, Lilongwe, the archaic inpatient unit where I had been detained. I was floating off into another realm and the voice in my head was barking orders like a siren blaring in one of the Prison Break DVDs I had watched a couple of days before: “You’re a CIA Agent Mavato. You’ve completely and utterly abandoned your mission.” MISJUDGED and MISPERCEIVED is a biography about growing up in Malawi. It is specifically aimed at Mental Health Services Providers; organisations that support persons suffering with disabilities; anyone in the general public interested in mental health issues.