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  •  I have a cousin with paranoid schizophrenia (1+ / 0-)
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    Silvia Nightshade

    who manifested symptoms very early on, so it's combined with some mental disability as well. He is medicated out the wazoo and still has paranoia issues. Most often, he believes that everyone "knows" him and we have to reassure him that if he doesn't know someone, they don't know him. This happens every time we visit. He's 12 years older than me. I remember when I was little the cops and ambulances coming to our house because he became violently paranoid. To this day, no one will explain to me exactly what happened on that day. He was admitted to hospitals more times than I even know about. My aunt was at her wits end trying to get him the right kind of help when FINALLY after years of trying and dealing with failure and it's consequences that she found a good setting for him, with proper treatment and skilled staff. Yes, there are lots of people dealing with the same things. It is NOT easy. So you think her speaking out about her son's problems and the lack of help for them is detrimental to him, which may be true, but some people are taking their judgement of her way too far.

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