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.