Since my brother began his struggle with Schizophrenia almost 5 years ago I have felt a great sense of loss and loneliness at every turn. I have had no idea how to reach out and help, and much of the time I clung to denial like much of my family. Just reading your thoughts and feelings on this forum has filled me with this incredible feeling that I haven’t been alone in my pains.
I live and work far away from my family, and my brother lives on his own, but I know he’s in pain. He isn’t active, he uses drugs, and I’m not sure about his friends. He’s just not dealing with his condition. Meanwhile, my mom and dad both dwell on the past. I think they feel guilty, and sometimes I feel guilty too when I read about how a closer, supportive family can help prevent and treat sz.
I just want us all to stop with the denial. I wish I could say the magic words that would make my parents supportive, understanding, strong, and guilt-free. But we weren’t any of those things before. What do I even say them about all this?