I know someone who is a teacher and he has schizophrenia. He takes medication for it and functions ok. But before he came to this country (he immigrated from Canada) he had a psychotic break where he ran down the streets with a knife, cut himself and attempted to cut others. He was taken in by police, forcibly commited and put on medication. Then he immigrated to this country. Perhaps because he didn't want to be around anyone who remembered this or maybe Canada makes it difficult to get a job as a teacher after you've had a violent break like this... I'm not sure. [more inside]
Our schizophrenic neighbor appears to be emotionally abusing his elderly mother. When do we step in? [more inside]
For the last few years my mother has had symptoms of schizophrenia. She believes that an organization is following her, harassing her and screwing job opportunities. She is taken things to a extreme level and has called cops accusing individuals, family members, and others who don't even know her. What do I do? [more inside]
My brother passed away on Monday. My father is coping by lashing out. What do I do? [more inside]
My younger brother has been living with a schizophrenia-like mental illness for about a year. It's hard for me to interact with him. I'm looking for perspectives from those who've had loved ones with mental illnesses, and books or other resources that will help me better relate to him. [more inside]
Seeking structured, regular activities for my son, an 18-year-old with disorganized-type schizophrenia who is freshly recovering from his second psychotic episode. We are in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
I am really good friends with a woman who has schizophrenia. I am having a hard time understanding traits she has and whether or not they are her illness or just her quirks. And if I should help her with the things she wants help with? [more inside]
You are familiar with what things are effective in treating someone who is bipolar, paranoid, and/or schizophrenic. Please tell me about these things. If the person is willing to accept help, what type of help are they likely to receive? If medications help, what is the nature of the medications and where could one go to learn more about them? If there are behavioral options, where can one begin to learn about these? What else is out there? [more inside]
Is there a such thing as "happy" schizophrenic hallucination? Or are they inherently destructive? [more inside]
How to convince someone who may be schizophrenic to seek help? [more inside]
Genetics and schizophrenia, what are the risks in having children? [more inside]
If I wanted to become an expert on Schizophrenia, and do field work on the subject, what would I need to major in?
What is the significance of numbers/units of time (months/weekdays) in disorders like schizophrenia/bipolar? [more inside]
How to reply to my fathers schizophrenic ideations? (long, sorry!) [more inside]
When a person with schizophrenia plays several different radios tuned to different stations at once, as Roky Erickson did in the documentary about him, how does it affect them? Is it soothing? Independent of how a person with schizophrenia may feel about this practice, is it considered helpful or therapeutic by medical professionals? Finally, how common is this practice among people with schizophrenia?
I have a dear old friend who lives on the other side of the country. He has a history of moderate paranoia/schizophrenia, and he was incarcerated for about a year as the result of an episode of illness. He's disconnected his phone, and I'm trying to figure out how to get in contact with him. [more inside]
Help me build up a Louis Wain art collection. [more inside]
My ex-boyfriend's schizophrenia turned me into an atheist (more or less), but that loss of faith kind of took me by surprise. I'm still thinking about it sometimes, and wondering how religious people reconcile themselves with the idea of a mental illness that produces religious experiences? [more inside]
So I recently suffered a relatively severe concussion. And since then.. I am hearing.. things. Voices. They are.. very specific in nature though.. and I'm kinda terrified and kinda giggling about it.. [more inside]
My sister just got out of the hospital and I want to offer my family some support. Need suggestions and insights. [more inside]
Should I continue my relationship with partner? [more inside]
When a mentally ill person begins to talk about other people being "possessed by demons" is that a red flag? [more inside]
A new friend/acquaintance has made some quasi-suicidal statements and is obviously delusional and routinely binge drinks. What, if anything, should I do? [more inside]
What signs can I look for to help me determine whether my meth-addicted friend's paranoid behavior stems from amphetamine psychosis, or something more permanent, like schizophrenia?
I really want to take a break from this relationship, maybe in the next six months or so. My boyfriend is slogging through the process of sorting out his mental health issues, and I'd like to let him know that I want the break, but I don't want to force it on him right now. Is that a bad idea? [more inside]
Where can I go to view/download the full episode of 20/20 which aired Friday, March 5th, 2010? Hopefully for free? [more inside]
After 20+ years of marriage, my dad wants a divorce. Mom has schizophrenia. Please help me think through this awful situation... [very long] [more inside]
How do you tell someone that they're "crazy"? I need to help a best friend who is losing his sanity. It's a long story... [more inside]
“The Case of Ellen West” was published by the Swiss psychiatrist, Ludwig Binswanger, in 1944–1945 and (as far as I can tell) appeared in English translation in 1958. Anyone know where I can get a copy? Usual search suspects are turning up only the Carl Rogers article, "Ellen West and Loneliness", in the Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry (which I've requested via interlibrary loan) and some other scholarly pubs on Rogers (behind the usual pay walls).
Every night that he comes home and winds up browsing the internet for hours, I feel like I'm going to scream. Am I a nagging worrywort, is my boyfriend mildly depressed, or both? And what's the best way to work on it? [more inside]
Is it possible to gently (but effectively) cut a mentally ill person out of my life when the usual detachment methods aren't working? (Warning: long, distressing explanation) [more inside]
Help me figure out ways to minimize the effect my schizophrenic uncle's delusions have on government and law enforcement. [more inside]
So, my minor tics are developing into more pronounced tics. Is there something I should be worried about? Is there something I can do? [more inside]
My downstairs neighbor, who is most likely schizophrenic, has been harassing my wife and me. Our landlord seems unenthusiastic about evicting her, and we are unenthusiastic about moving ourselves. What legal options can I pursue? Does anyone in Chicago have personal experience with a (cheap!) lawyer they might recommend? [more inside]
What is the proper way to react to another person's delusions? [more inside]
SchizoFilter: I'd like to become a connoisseur of internet crazy. Does Timecube have a more harmonious 5-Day cousin? I know Cindy McCain (but not John, thankfully) is a Reptilian, but are they mole people, too? Can I get cursed by some chain-mail, please? I want all the crazy! Let loose your delirium, MeFi! [more inside]
Antipsychotics-filter: A conversation with a friend has me turning to the hive mind. [more inside]
Is there any good data on the sensitivity and specificity of symptoms of schizophrenia in its diagnosis? [more inside]
How do you deal with a crazy person's total hostility? [more inside]
Are we obligated to rehire a household employee with schizophrenia? [more inside]
During the late '80s or early '90s, Epic Comics, an imprint of the Marvel Comics company, printed a graphic novel about schizophrenia thinly veiled as a ghost story. [more inside]
I’m schizophrenic, on parole because of it, and I am looking for love. Please help. [more inside]
Songfilter: Heard it on the radio, schizophrenia, prostitution, weirdness. [more inside]
Are there any famous or not-so-famous epidemics with blindness as an indicative symptom? If so, which? How and/or why? [more inside]
I've been seeing a sweet, charming, attractive young woman for about a month now. We have a huge amount in common, and excellent chemistry. We make each other very happy, and while we're not "in love" yet, it really just seems like just a matter of time. A few nights ago, she told me that she was on medication for schizophrenia. Help me not freak out and screw this up. [more inside]
I'm schizophrenic and need ideas on how to train myself to be active and able to work toward my goals.
I'm schizophrenic and need ideas on how to train myself to be active and able to work toward my goals. [more inside]
Help me create an interesting and realistic character with schizophrenia for my novel. Ideally, there would be a "Vaults of Erowid" type site out there where people have documented their 1st hand experiences with mental illnesses, but no such site seems to exist. [more inside]
Is it possible to tell the difference between an old, long-standing injury and a more recent injury to the brain on a brain scan? Would a particular type of brain scan (fMRI as opposed to CAT scan) be better able to reveal the difference between the two? This question would be pertinent to the Peter Braunstein case: earlier in the news coverage, they showed Braunstein's brain scan on television, because the defense claims that the decreased activity shown in the frontal region is consistent with schizophrenia. However, I understand Braunstein hit his head while in custody, and I'm thinking that could cause a similar result on the brain scan. I'm also wondering, could a brain scan show whether he got dropped on his head when he was a baby and/or all three possible conditions and when, approximately, they developed?
Is it possible to fake schizophrenia? I had a discussion the other days and the other person claimed that it can be done to avoid legal recourse. Never thought about it much, but it could be true. Please understand that I am sensitive to people suffering from any illness, be it mental or otherwise. I ask this question with respect and sensitivity.
I just read in the NYT that Zyprexa (an atypical anti-psychotic, used to treat schizophrenia and mania) is the fourth-most prescribed drug in the world. Other lists I've seen put similar drugs in the top-ten sellers. How can this be? Are there that many people suffering from these disorders compared to being medicated for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or any of a dozen other maladies I can think of that appear, on general observation, to be far more common? (And I don't believe, neccessarily, that this is simply doctors overprescribing - because, at least to me, that premise would mean overprescribing all drugs, not just the ones in question, right?)
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