Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

Being the well one? Siblings? How do you cope?


This is destroying me.
I’m schizophrenic I have been unwell since my teens.
On and off but it’s been quite bad
No hospital for seven years now.
Now my alcoholic sister of 20 years alcoholism is in detox residential treatment centre
She’s also been completely delusional for about 10 days or so.
We already lost our middle sister who was schizophrenic.
We both saw her deteriorate for about 20 years actually just getting worse with no remission.
I always knew Harrie would die Very young
This is starting to really hit me that Clare is unwell
I literally don’t know how to cope with this
I started going to Al-Anon Family groups, I can’t think of anything else.
All you family members how do you do it?


I think we do it because we have to or want to. Usually a caregiver is able to cope with more stresses. I’m sorry that you have already lost a sister and that your other sister is unwell. Try your best to take care of yourself. Sometimes accepting that things are the way that they are can help. Groups like Al-Anon should be able to help you cope with not feeling alone. Try not to give up hope. Wishing you and your sister all the best.


What intrigues me, in an anxious way, is that I know what my problem is. But my siblings… Do they? Can it be the same thing, only coming out different?


Thanks for your post
Accepting it? That’s huge and a great suggestion
Just been asking how or why or can I or can she etc


This is an old post, but my heart goes out to you. I have a 28 year old son who is paranoid sz. He has a sister who is well, and she has twins 2 years old. I don’t know how to help you other than to say I feel for you, you aren’t alone. This group has helped me cope. I am still very sad all the time.


Thank you for your words .
Although still occasionally drinking my sister is a lots better she seems to be not having a breakdown anymore .

Things are a bit more positive again