The Struggle with Schizophrenia

 Schizophrenia is truly a devastating disease that strikes some of our most creative and talented people at the start of their adult lives.  This article is both informative about mental health issues like schizophrenia but also heartbreaking to see how a parent had to deal with watching two sons descend into the darkness that is schizophrenia.

I cannot imagine the anguish and pain this father dealt with, but as a psychiatric nurse for over 20 years I can understand what he had to deal with.  This father had to stand by and watch as one of his sons finally lost his battle for sanity and committed suicide then he had to watch another son begin the same battle.

He is correct in his statement that schizophrenia is so difficult to treat because the person affected does not think he/she is ill.  That is the reason the medications are stopped usually.  If you don’t believe you are sick why take medications that make you feel really bad and that cause all kinds of side effects?

This father has written a book that I will try to get and read.  I hope after reading this article you, too, will want to read his book if only to get a better understanding of what our schizophrenics deal with daily.  It may give you a new way to interact with the mentally ill.

This article is well worth your time.  Please read and let me know what you think about his struggles.


Father Of 2 Sons With Schizophrenia Talks Of His Struggle To Save Them


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As the father of two sons with schizophrenia, author Ron Powers is familiar with the pain and frustration of dealing with a chronic, incurable disease of the brain.

Powers’ younger son, Kevin, was a talented musician whose struggles with schizophrenia began at age 17. Just before his 21st birthday, in 2005, Kevin took his own life.

A few years later, Powers’ older son, Dean, started experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia and had a psychotic break.

Ron Powers, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and media critic, wrote Flags of our Fathers, which was adapted into a film by Clint Eastwood.

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“There is no greater … feeling of helplessness than to watch two beloved sons deteriorate before [your] eyes, not knowing what to do to bring them back,” Powers tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross.

Powers’ new book, No One Cares About Crazy People,is both a memoir about his sons and a history of how the mentally ill have been treated medically, legally and socially. Although Dean is now medicated and doing well, Powers notes that many people with schizophrenia don’t receive the treatment they need — in part because they often don’t believe they are ill.

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