I’ve been here for around 8 years. In that time I’ve personally witnessed 3 foreigners go insane…who were “ok” before they came here.
The first one was the guy I moved here with. He was a very hard worker…he developed extremely sever breathing problems due to the polution here…and had to move back to Canada. He got into pot while in Taiwan…and I’m sure that was a factor. A few months after getting back to Canada he was institutionalized for bi-polar disorder. To be honest drugs might not have played a big part in his mental downfall, or maybe they were the trigger. But the next two stories are a bit more obvious.
Second one was a gorgeous black girl whose boyfriend was a friend of mine. He smoked pot everyday all day. He introduced it to her…and when she smoked she would often “fall into darkness” and be unable to see. She then developed some odd paranoias and burned her passport. She couldn’t hold down a job and eventually got put into a detention center for foreigners…she lived there for months and months before being sent back to her home country.
Third one…is going on right now. Foreigner gets himself addicted to a harder drug (not pot) and slowly starts to lose his hold on reality. He quits his job saying that he will “live off of the love he has for all things”. He makes his Taiwanese girlfriend call him “God”. He goes to her workplace…an illegal casino and tells her to tell the patrons to give him their money as he is their god…and they therefore are his servants. He destroys all of his earthly possesions in one of his “spiritual” moments by setting his apartment on fire.
Over the last 3 months he’s lost about 40 pounds and he was very slim to begin with. His parents have been in contact with the Taiwanese police and they want him picked up and sent home (he overstayed his visa a long time ago). One of his few remaining friends said that they’re going to trick him into their car and take him to the police station to turn him in.