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I Have a Family Member With Schizophrenia

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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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    I believe that my mother has schizophrenia,

    and I am the only one in my family who thinks that she has a problem. I really want to get her some help, but my dad and my sister refuse to believe that anything is wrong with her. I can't help mum on my own, because I am not mentally strong enough and I feel this incredible...
    mcgradyyeah mcgradyyeah 26-30, F 4 Responses Feb 5

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    My father. He couldn't take it.

    The man was exceptionally smart. His mind was always running. Sometimes he acted violently to try to escape the nightmarish surroundings he visualised. He always walked with his head down and he mumbled to himself as he walked. The last thing he told me before he passed away...
    euphorian euphorian 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 17, 2014

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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

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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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    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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    My older sister has it

    and I hate that she has it, because it ruined our relationship or the relationship we could have had. Now I have to be the one to take care of her and go out with her cause she doesn't have any friends due to the sickness. I can barely take care of myself and I hate going out
    DanishfromTheMiddleEast DanishfromTheMiddleEast 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 1, 2014

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    My Brother Has Schizophrenia

    My brother had his first break at the very end of his senior year in college...one class shy of graduating. I had a feeling this was going to happen. After his freshman year, he was no longer the person I knew. He became increasingly depressed, isolated and paranoid. Despite my...
    Nausica Nausica 31-35, F 16 Responses Oct 4, 2007

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    My Little Brother Suffers From Schizophrenia

    I hate that he's going through this and it makes me angry. I blame myself sometimes on why he's like that because I got the easy life and he got a hell hole he didn't sign up for but then I know I definately blame our useless parents. He's 15 years old and dropped out of school...
    VaiinChick VaiinChick 18-21, F Jul 25, 2012

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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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    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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    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 2 Responses May 5

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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

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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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    taintedvixen taintedvixen 31-35, F May 10

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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 3 Responses Jun 10

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    My cousin. He's actually pretty fun to be

    around. We tell jokes and he never stops laughing. Like ever. I told him a joke in 2006. He still remembers it. It's still funny tho. I just wish he would bathe.
    adav218 adav218 13-15, M Jul 1, 2014

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    My great aunts son has schizophrenia.

    He's such a nice person. Sadly he can't keep a job and has been in and out of institutions. I don't understand why but he is somewhat shunned by his five other siblings. He lives with his mother who is eighty. He can't keep a job because he gets overwhelmed with the voices and...
    DeluxedEdition DeluxedEdition 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 5

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    He has some convulated fantasies

    and frequently gets laryngitis acting it out. I wish he would modify his dialogue though. He always describes everything exactly the same way. His antagonists are perverts from an alternate reality, a feline species of psychically aware aliens who work for him. He regularly...
    pcflvly pcflvly 46-50, M Sep 15, 2014

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    My Sister Suffers From Schizophrenia

    I have a sister who suffers from schizophrenia. It is the saddest thing I have ever seen in my life. This sister was the only obedient child my parents had. She received several degrees in college and went onto pursue a career in accounting. She worked for reputable firms...
    Garnet17 Garnet17 46-50, F 4 Responses Dec 19, 2011

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    My Sister's Schizophrenia Is Tearing My Family Apart.

    It kills me to know people are suffering from the same thing I do. Everyone of your stories breaks my heart and I know exactly what you all are going through. I'm speaking in this forum because I'm lost myself and don't know how to deal with my sister's schizophrenia. My sister...
    pauline120 pauline120 18-21 5 Responses Apr 25, 2012

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    My father was Schizophrenic.

    My mother and him were both in the navy. He got my mom pregnant with me so she wouldn't leave him. But during her pregnancy he beat her, she had scars to prove it. He was is the Navy at the time but got dishonorably discharged for stealing parts of plains. He was selling them...
    CoolerThanYou590 CoolerThanYou590 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 6, 2014

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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 been schizophrenic

    for a about 15 years now. She's lived with me for almost 4 years. It isn't always easy, but it's never boring. I love her so much. The things that come out of her mouth are aggravating most of the time, but sometimes it's entertaining!
    WeWillAlwaysHaveParis WeWillAlwaysHaveParis 31-35, F 3 Responses May 1, 2014

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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 26-30, F 2 days ago

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    My mum has paranoid schizophrenia.

    I find it difficult to talk about because of all the rubbish I got from kids at school.Now I am older and I don't care what people think why should I be judged by my mum's illness?Alot of the time I wish she was 'normal' and that I'd had a normal childhood but what's the point of...
    AliBancroft AliBancroft 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 3, 2014

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    A Mother And Her Son...

    My son was diagnosis with Schizophrenia when he was 19. Before that my son did no wrong in my eyes. He was close to perfect. I was very proud of him. He was my one and only. He loved me and did everything I asked of him. There was nothing I wouldn't do for him and he felt the...
    ssebastian1 ssebastian1 46-50 2 Responses Mar 20, 2013

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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 26-30, M Jun 24

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    update: My mother has gotten worse.

    She is now claiming that her mother isn't her real mother. Her sisters murdered their dad and covered it up. ( in reality, he died due to a massive heart attack.) ________ She says this man that was her father was her biological father who she looked very much like. she always...
    MrsTran06 MrsTran06 26-30, F 19 hrs ago

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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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    My Mother.. My Sister..

    about my life. basically my mother was a paranoid schizophrenic and my sister a schizo-affective. Sheila.. She was a mother, my mother, a daughter, sister, granddaughter, wife, and friend. I never lived with her. I have only 1 memory of her. maybe to some people that means...
    KimberlyMarie KimberlyMarie 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 24, 2011

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    My brother has catatonic schizophrenia.

    He was 16 when he was diagnosed. He had a catatonic episode- his body was shutting down and he was 2 hours away from slipping into a life threatening coma when the ambulance was called. He had to relearn to walk, talk, etc. He struggled with paranoia and would refuse to eat...
    PaxTerra PaxTerra 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 25, 2014

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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

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    My grandmother is schizophrenic.

    I lived with her when I was young. She was afraid of me when she went into her episodes and she thought there was a demon living inside me. I spent a lot of nights sleeping in the bathtub or being driven around in the middle of the night because she heard voices or whatever it...
    BriannaElise BriannaElise 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 26, 2014

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    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

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    Will I Ever Get My Sister Back? I Miss Her So!

    About a week ago my sister was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She was admitted to a mental hospital against her will with a court order. My mother recently told me that she has been having psychotic episodes for the past 8 years. My parents never shared this with me. In her...
    sisterofaschizoprhrenic sisterofaschizoprhrenic 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 11, 2013

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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 1 Response Feb 6, 2012

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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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    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 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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    Oh boy I could right a whole book about my

    experience... But to keep it simple I have a schizophrenic mother. For the past couple of years her condition has only gotten worse. Because of her condition, she hasn't been able to keep a job, we've lost two homes and it's always been up to me to get Everthing figured out. Now...
    Jc0322 Jc0322 22-25, M 1 Response Apr 4, 2014

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    Hello, I don't really know

    where else to turn at this point and I came across this website so here I am. I'm 24 years old and my sibling who is 29 has paranoid schizophrenia. She was diagnosed at a young age (younger than most) Of course I didn't really understand any of it at first and as I got older it...
    shannankylei shannankylei 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 20, 2014

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    My mom has paranoid schizophrenia.

    She also has bipolar tendencies. But sometimes she also acts like a different person all together. I have DID and am scared that I might be schizophrenic when I get older. Her mom had it and it got really bad after menopause and my mom's got really bad after menopause. If my mom...
    Thingsunseen Thingsunseen 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 30, 2014

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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

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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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    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