Family and Familial Schizophrenia Cases

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Schizophrenia is a severe psychological disorder characterized by loss of contact with reality, hallucinations, delusions, inappropriate or flat effect, some disturbance in thinking, social withdrawal and/or other bizarre behavior. Schizophrenia does not only affect the person who has it, it affects their family. I’m going to discuss my daughter Jessica. She has not been the child I gave birth to since 1995. Tuesday morning, June 1995 I awoke to Jessica sitting on my chest with a butcher knife to my throat and she was chanting” you will never die.” Jessica began her spiral to being properly diagnosed in 1991 when she started cutting up her clothes and hurting her siblings. She was having major issues in school as well. School was easy for Jessica, she is extremely bright. Jessica learned to read chapter books by the age of 4, she wrote cursive at 6. We just thought she was super smart. She even could program a VCR. Then life for her changed. This beautiful, bright, fun, happy little girl changed. She began the outcry of something wrong. I took her to the best hospital, Children’s Hospital of Boston, MA. Over a period of months of testing and monitoring and forms for home, school and other family members, they finally gave us a cause for this change. They were skeptical at first because she was so young, but it was schizophrenia. In 1994 Jessica was eight years old. A cocktail of medication was prescribed; a local psychiatrist and counselor were referred. As the years passed and I tried to research schizophrenia to understand what was happening to her but schizophrenia is so mysterious, it seems to change every day. I did the best I could to help her and my family understand what was happening to her. Jessica was not only a roller coaster of medication taking, criminal activity and bad sexual behavior on top of street drug use. May of 2006 at the age of 17 she had Brynne. Brynne came home with me from the hospital. Jessica’s drug behavior caused complications...
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