News story about one family:
Mary, not her real name, first noticed something different about her son at a very early age.
Her son, referred to here as John, is now in his 50s. Two years ago, he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
According to Mary, the diagnosis is not likely to make a difference to her son’s life.
She says the follow-up needed to treat his disorder is not available because of funding restraints.
Mary paints a picture of her son as someone emotionally fragile who nevertheless drives off those closest to him.
A resident of Eaton, near Bunbury in Western Australian, Mary describes John as isolated, paranoid, and lacking in awareness of his behaviour.
At the same time, John holds down a responsible job and lives in his own home.
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