I also dismissed Jaime as weirdo from the start, but terms like weirdo and freak now seem harsh and de-humanizing in light of the fact that his “freak” behavior worsened following a more universally accepted and better understood medical condition. Yes, there are true naturally eccentric individuals (many being creative geniuses who are well-loved by those around them), but there are also people mislabeled as “eccentric” or “peculiar” who may be suffering from underlying/undiagnosed mental health issues. What little I know of Jaime from press coverage now reminds me of people I have known who have long suppressed either a trauma or some significant element of their true nature.
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