No one can understand how isolating and disparaging it is to be with a loved one whose mind and being has been taken, but another mother who has experienced the same thing. For support, the NAMI support groups have been wonderful for parents of children with mental illness, but haven’t offered any real hope. In the isolation of caring for someone with schizophrenia, you lose track of the disease, fall into illusions of a false normality under antipsychotic drugs, and have no one to turn to for guidance and assistance. The parent can become suicidal along with the child, when no solution exists.
My son’s father cried out, “I wish he had terminal cancer. At least we would know what to expect and be able to live with that.” Anything would be better than to live with schizophrenia.
I know it is very hard for people in this situation to fathom the…
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