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I Have a Family Member With Schizophrenia

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    I am the family member :-( I have meds

    that take it off but they don't halt the stigma of needing meds in the first place :-(
    cashetty69 cashetty69 51-55, M 1 Response Nov 16, 2015

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    Oh To See Her Smile~~~When I was 10 I became

    aware that my mom wasn't like the other mothers. She had to "go away" many times. Mom had schizophrenia, complete with auditory hallucinations, paranoia, illusions if grandeur, false beliefs, and lack of emotions. She was in and out of the local psychiatric ward and the state...
    Kathieredart Kathieredart 56-60, F 8 Responses Sep 9, 2014

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    The Flying Dutchman

    My brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia my freshmen year of college.  Before he was diagnosed my family spent months trying to make sense of his delusions.  He thought that when he was a kid he had a special baseball card of Honus Wagner that was taken away from...
    thetortoise thetortoise 31-35, M 9 Responses Apr 25, 2010

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    ElsaTheFrozen ElsaTheFrozen 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 1, 2015

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    What keeps me strong

    when the going gets tough is that i know that one day in Heaven, if I ever make it there that is, where there are no illnesses or diseases, I will get to meet her. I will get to meet and know my beautiful mother the way she was before this cruel, nasty disease took her away from...
    muffin93 muffin93 18-21, F 2 Responses May 9, 2015

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    taintedvixen taintedvixen 36-40, F May 10, 2015

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    My Dad has Schizophrenia.

    A lot of the time when people find out about this they often feel sorry for me some how. I honestly don't think there is anything to be sorry about. My Dad isn't much different than most dad's in the world, he is funny and kind, however he is just slightly more strange. For...
    wellthatwasweird wellthatwasweird 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 15, 2014

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    Ever since I was little

    and I was told that there was something different with my mother, she just seemed more childlike and very different.. Like something I could sense without questioning. When I was about 25 or 26, she moved in with me and my grandmother because she was having problems. She started...
    hazynflaweddoll hazynflaweddoll 26-30, F 1 Response May 5, 2015

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    My name is Deb and I am a Mental Health

    Advocate. If anyone is looking for live chat support go to www.depression-understood.org. Register for free. Create a name and enter any of the rooms. Live chat rooms work! I created many and lots of lives have been saved! Love Deb
    WantingToGoHome WantingToGoHome 51-55, F 1 Response May 6, 2015

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    My Mother Has It

    I was taken from her by social workers at the age of 4, She was convinced she was pregnant and accused me of making her loose her baby,She wasn't pregnant but she hit me for it in the doctors waiting room, She didn't dress me properly, And just loads of things that made my...
    ClaraJayne ClaraJayne 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 21, 2011

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    My Sister is diagnosed with paranoid schizo.

    ..she is on Invega Sustenna once a month.....she behaves well 90% of time and is able to take care of her activities. Please let me know your observations..Thanks!
    sriramDecides sriramDecides 31-35, M Jun 24, 2015

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    Interesting and helpful article

    for how to help people with Schizophrenia who hear voices and how to deal with them. From Stanford; research believes the quality and tone of voices is influenced by local culture. http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/july/voices-culture-luhrmann-071614.html
    LoveIsWithinYou LoveIsWithinYou 26-30, M Aug 21, 2015

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    I don't know how to handle this

    even though my dad was diagnosed three years ago. Does anyone want to talk?
    karaschnegs karaschnegs 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 23, 2015

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    It's 2AM. I'm sitting here crying the hardest

    I've cried in my life right now. A couple minutes ago my mother who has schizophrenia called me over and initiated a friendly conversation with me in months. My family has been forcing her the medication and now we are seeing the effects. I've been so lonely. No one...
    7Saren 7Saren 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 19, 2014

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    My mom was diagnosed paranoid Schizophrenic

    when I was 3. Since we're all in this group, I'm assuming we all know what its like. However, I can't get my mom to take her medication. I've tried since I've become an adult. She will get committed and come out and stay on the meds for a while but then quits. She also has a...
    ElouiseLou ElouiseLou 22-25, F 1 Response May 30, 2015

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    My mom has schizophrenia.

    She seemed to be doing fine lately but but recently my brother came to visit and he said that he caught her talking to a door. I wish my mom wasn't so stubborn so she could go back to the hospital and get help but she always wants to do things her way. Nervous she might be...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 28, 2015

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    My mother will not admit she has a problem.

    With everything she is doing and all the research I have done, I am absolutely convinced that she is a paranoid schizophrenia with bipolar disorder. Anytime us kids mention how she is acting (even in the most subtle and non attacking way) she lashes out yelling and tells us to...
    MrsTran06 MrsTran06 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 3, 2015

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    I'm new here this is my brother story me

    and my family moved to NY 15 years a go and after just 6 month at age of 18 he diagnosed with schizophrenia it took doctors 1 month to put him in medication he accept and took his medication for 2 years after 2 years he went to hospital this time was worst he diagnosed with...
    timeout10 timeout10 31-35, M 2 Responses Dec 15, 2015

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    I Can't Help My Mom

    I had a happy childhood. I remember having fun, smiling, feeling safe and cared for. My mom raised me and my brothers by herself, and always seemed to be scrambling to keep everything held together. I didn't have much to compare it to. It was all that I knew. I didn't know that...
    sillylilyp sillylilyp 26-30 2 Responses May 4, 2013

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    I am face to face with my son n law

    that has Schizophrenia. My chest hurts, I can't think straight, I feel like I'm drowning. I don't know how to keep my grasp on reality. Please help.
    Hunasteve Hunasteve 51-55, M 4 Responses Nov 29, 2015

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    My brother and mother were diagnosed with

    schizophrenia at about the same time when I was around 9. I don't remember much from that time but I miss them. I wish I could have my family back. Schizophrenia most gravely effects those diagnosed but it also hits the entire family. My father started hating my mother because...
    sighted sighted 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 27, 2014

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    My Mother Had Schizophrenia, Now Its Under Control.But..

    Growing up as a child i remember my mother claiming to hear voices and that other people could read her minds. She used to accuse relatives and neighbors for making her life miserable. She used to accuse my father of cheating on her and taking her family wealth, which was odd...
    wimpykid125 wimpykid125 26-30, M 3 Responses Feb 18, 2013

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    My mother's cousin (I don't know what name

    that relation has -- second cousin? IDK :P) has schizophrenia. A little while ago, he got in a particularly nasty breakup with his girlfriend. He's around 40 years old and they had been together for at least 7 years, and it was just a nasty, nasty separation. I don't know...
    Boulier Boulier 18-21, F Jan 18, 2015

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    I'm new to dealing with a family member with

    mental illness and I still haven't fully wrapped my head around it. My sister little has schizophrenia, triggered 3 or 4 years ago. I feel so sad for her and helpless to do anything. She really is a great person, tries hard to do right and stay positive. She's open about mental...
    Sandcastle111 Sandcastle111 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 18, 2015

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    My little brother is in his early 30's.

    He was diagnosed with schizophrenia.About 2-4 years ago.He's very intelligent,and attends school to be an electrician.I feel like I'm going crazy.Trying to decipher what he's thinking, and why? He also reads a lot of pro black books.Which in his mind frame.I think he's receiving...
    OFICIAL1 OFICIAL1 36-40, F 3 Responses Jan 19

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    My Mother Has Schizophrenia

    For a long time she'd been saying things about 'beings' or 'angels' that would talk to her, but only recently did she have a full-on breakdown(not sure of the proper term). It's very difficult to talk to her because she only wants to talk about her delusions. We're finding it...
    calliden calliden 18-21, M Nov 10, 2013

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    My mom has schizophrenia.

    She hasn't had an episode in about a year. But she refuses to get on her medicine. The time she last had one scared me. She was hurting herself and talking to her dead brother. She was scared, I tried to tell her to just look at me, that I'm right here and she doesn't have to...
    recovering97 recovering97 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 26, 2015

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    I Am That Family Member

    I didn't understand the condition beyond the book Sybil until I was diagnosed a few years ago They said I had a mild form of it but luckily didn't display all symptoms My range of symptoms have not reached severe levels either so I'm happy for that Apparently it started when I...
    Twistapuddleblowacloud Twistapuddleblowacloud 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 2, 2013

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    I always try to check on my cousin Bradley.

    He was diagnosed while hospitalized nine years ago (that is a whole other story, believe me). Last week, I went to check on him. I forgot my key to the front door so I had to use the hidden key to the back door. while unlocking it, I could see through the window that a chair...
    TheGoddessB TheGoddessB 31-35, F Jun 17, 2015

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    It Runs In The Family

    Illness runs on my mother's side of the family and schizophrenia is one of them. I know two relatives that have it. My uncle can hear voices and my aunt sees people dying everywher, literally. With my uncle he tried to kill my youngest aunt in the shower (My mom has 11 siblings...
    PureEvil PureEvil 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 6, 2012

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    I was diagnosed with Schizoaffective disorder

    in April of 2012 but I'm starting to think I was diagnosed wrong. I have the symptoms of Schizoaffective disorder but I also have a very hard time taking care of myself and my house. I always have to be reminded to bathe and other personal hygiene activities or clean my room or...
    ParanoidGirl ParanoidGirl 26-30 5 Responses Dec 15, 2015

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    My Mother Has Schizophrenia

    My mum was diagnoised with Schizophrenia in her late teens. Growing up was tough for my brother and I. My mum was a single parent so it was just the three iof us. When she was ill her personality completly changed, she would go from this loving caring mother into a very angry...
    becca1988 becca1988 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 17, 2013

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    Missing my ex who is going on week 7 in the

    hospital. He will be going to the state hospital in the next month. At least he isn't in prison or dead. I just do not know how it got to this point so fast. He threw everything away by not taking his medications and getting high. He threw away our life and future together. He...
    Lann2015 Lann2015 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 15, 2015

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    my mom is schizophrenic.

    . i've lived with her like this for the 15 years of my life.. there are times when i'm scared to go back home from school or I'd simply not want to go.. I hate to see her cry,blame my father and her own father for false beliefs,and most of all struggling to nurture my physically...
    caregiver555 caregiver555 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 3, 2015

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    I saw my mom about a month ago.

    She seemed pretty functional at the time. She was supposed to pick up my lil bro for ice cream a few nights ago and never showed up. He has autism and she just dumped him off to live with me one day and now he gets upset when she pulls crap like this. it makes it hard for him to...
    Thingsunseen Thingsunseen 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 6, 2015

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    My Husband Has Schizophrenia

    I couldn't find a section for spouses with schizophrenia, so this counts I guess. I knew there was something different about him before we were married. He has never deceived or tried to keep it from me. Maybe because he has trouble defining what is real and not. He was diagnosed...
    AnaisEver AnaisEver 31-35, F 4 Responses Oct 7, 2013

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    Both of my parents mum

    and dad have schizophrenia and now also my younger brother has been diagnosed... Feels like am fighting a never ending battle
    LoyalShyness LoyalShyness 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 10, 2015

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    I was sent to hospital

    for 2 months, now I live in a supported home, this place was to help me have less stress and anxiety to get a better start on life, the stress has gone down a lot , but that doesn't help at all with psychosis. I just really don't like it I am losing my brain the "negative...
    FundamentalWalrus FundamentalWalrus 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 12, 2015

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    My mother used to be

    so loving and showed affection towards me and my siblings when we were younger. After we began to notice my mom was a hearing things no one else heard and seeing things nobody else saw we knew something was wrong. I was in 5th grade and I couldn't quite understand what was going...
    aquikay aquikay 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 6, 2014

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    I grew up with my step father being

    schizophrenic. and I can say its not easy being around someone who has this illness. I developed bipolar at age 17 and have been dealing with the psychosis part of it for a couple years now. mental illness is so real, and I feel for people who have it, as well as the family...
    kparker33 kparker33 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 29

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    Just had seen a friend in a hospital yesterday

    this person just had their 30 th mental break down its nothing new but this person always seems to stop taking their medications as soon as they start to feel better it is pathetic and I'm fed up I kind feel guilty about the feelings I have but get a grip haven't you learned and...
    Bella70 Bella70 41-45, F 3 Responses Jan 29

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    this. is probably the single most difficult

    thing i have experienced in my life. how are you suppose to look after some one who isnt the same person any more. my mother is "due to be diagnosed". but they seem too be a bit baffled at the moment. i love my mother, but its like some one else lives in and operates her body...
    CassieSamuel CassieSamuel 22-25, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    It Makes Me Worried Somedays

    i have an uncle with paranoid schizophrenia that has ruined what little order this gene pool has left. and now i am thinking my own "mom" has some version of it. she has a lot of indicators of it and when i looked it up i found out its possible i could inherit it. now i have...
    CaptainJackass CaptainJackass 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 7, 2011

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    My older brother who is 40 has Paranoid

    Schizophrenia. He's a really nice person, but it's when he has delusions... His medication isn't working for him, and when he doesn't have his injection, he gets aggressive. Sometimes, he doesn't believe that he is sick. He lives five minutes away from the mental hospital, but...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Aug 8, 2015

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    My mother is such a brilliant woman,

    it's sad to see this disease consume her. I've helped her all of my adult life (and most of my childhood)--it's almost as if I've raised her and not vice versa. The sadness comes from realizing that she never understood she was mentally ill. It's a lonely, jarring feeling. As a...
    PassiveActivist PassiveActivist 70+, F 2 Responses Jan 17

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