Are you the parent of a child, adolescent, or adult child with severe mental illness? How do you feel right now? Tired? Lonely? Discouraged? Or even stronger? Some parents say that they are struggling every single day of their lives with the reality that their child, teen, or adult child is suffering from both their own illness and stigma. Other parents say they are not as discouraged as they were before they found out what their child actually struggled with. No matter how you have chosen to view your situation, I’m sure you can relate to Melanie Jimenez.
Melanie is the mother of an adult son with paranoid schizophrenia. She writes her own blog titled Understanding Schizophrenia and hosts her own facebook page for readers, parents, and families with similar struggles as her own. Paranoid schizophrenia is a sub-type of schizophrenia characterized by delusions (false beliefs that are held to be true despite evidence to the contrary) and hallucinations (incorrect perceptions and sensory processes such as hearing or seeing things).