Ex-Star Wars Kid Sent to Mental Health Facility

(ReliableNews.org) – According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 300 people across the globe will suffer from schizophrenia in their lifetimes — that’s about 24 million people. Given the breadth of presentations and stigma often attached to the disorder, many people don’t receive proper treatment for this often misunderstood diagnosis.

On March 13, sources reported that former child actor Jake Lloyd suffered a psychotic break one year ago. It was revealed that the actor was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was in high school, which sent him spiraling into depression. His condition worsened in the years following and his mother said he wasn’t consistent about taking his medication, which resulted in some trouble with the law. That’s when he received more mental health.

The incident that caused him to enter a rehabilitation center for some intense help happened as Jake Lloyd and his mother, Lisa Lloyd, were driving home after picking up some food. The actor suddenly felt compelled to turn off the car — which he did mid-drive. The pair were reportedly in the middle lane of a three-lane highway, which caused a traffic jam, and police were called to the scene. When the authorities arrived, Mrs. Lloyd explained that they asked her son some questions, but he was answering them in jibberish. She said, “None of it made sense. It was all word salad.”

Jake was taken to the hospital and entered a rehabilitation facility soon afterward for an 18-month stay. That’s where he’s been ever since.

The actor, now 35, is best known for his role as a young Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.” He also provided voice acting for various video games and appeared in “Jingle All the Way” as Jamie Langston. He has stepped away from his acting career to deal with his mental health. According to sources, he has not acted onscreen or provided voice talent since 2002.

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