In the summer of 1976, she starts to like an older man but later finds out that he has a fiancee. She gets very upset and starts to think that she is worthless. Her mood begins to darken which triggers the Voices in her head, the hallucinations. However, she keeps these symptoms hidden for a long time.
After a psychotic episode of Lori, Lori Winters, her roommate calls 911 when Lori says she is going to take her "pills" but ends up overdosing. Later, Lori W. informs Lori's parents of her behavior and suicide attempt. After a while of the first attempt, Lori overdoses again which causes her dad to convince her to check into the psychiatric ward.
I Need To Try
Go or stay for extended care, the choice is mine. I've been trying to die for so long, why not try to live now? I allied with the Voices but why not try to fight them now?
When Marvin, Lori's dad, visits her in the hospital, Lori confidently tells her dad that she can fly. Her delusion causes Marvin to realize how sick Lori really is. Later, the doctor diagnoses Lori with schizoaffective disorder, a mental health condition with both schizophrenia and mood disorder which explains her delusions, hallucinations, & rapid mood changes.
Hmm... okay, then I will prescribe them to you.
I think you should give her the drug...
Lori's mother, Nancy, visits her in the hospital & tries to talk to her while Lori is having an episode. There Nancy finally recognizes that vacant look in Lori's eyes. Nancy's mother had the same look when Nancy was young so she used to be embarrassed of her mom's odd behavior. Schizoaffective disorder is also genetic so genes played a role in the occurrence of the condition in Lori.
After her suicidal thoughts declined, Lori had to make a choice: leave or sign into an extended care unit. When she was presented with this choice, Lori rethinks her life. She had been trying to die for so long and sided with the Voices but why not try to live now? Maybe she could get better. She knew it was not going to be easy but for the first time in years, Lori actually wanted to live and survive.
Lori begs Dr. Doller to start her on clozapine, an experimental drug that has shown good results. Dr. Doller is skeptic at first but agrees to it. After a while, Lori starts to get better: the Voices are softer, she can connect to people better, she has a job, friends, relationships, and knows when to get herself under control. Lori begins to feel alive again after a long time and her life improves.
Please, Dr. Doller, clozapine is the only hope I have of getting better