In the year 2001, the Director-General of the World Health Organization said:
‘The road ahead is long and still littered with myths, secrecy and shame. Rare is the family that will be free from an encounter with mental disorders or will not need assistance and care over a difficult period. Yet, we feign ignorance or actively ignore this fact.’
My name is Jill and my son, who I will name David, became ill after he was inducted into the Israeli military with a 97 profile, the highest one can score. later, he was diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. That was when we started our 16-year-long battle against this heartbreaking illness. It didn’t take long before we realized that mental health professionals would weave themselves into the fabric of our lives. Fortunately for others, the system of psychiatric care has changed since the difficult time we had negotiating the system.
There is a combination of factors that contribute to mental illness; a malfunction of neurotransmitters in the brain, stress and recreational drug usage. Not all individuals get all the symptoms but everyone with this disorder will show one or more of the following:-
Delusions – beliefs that are not true.
Hallucinations – often in the form of hearing voices.
Negative symptoms – a lack of motivation plus a definite decline in the individual’s level of disfunctioning.
My husband and I attended a support group and picked up tips that were extremely useful.
We learned that it is as hard for the sick individual to accept this disorder as it is for the rest of the family.
We discovered that reasoning does not make a delusion go away.
I learned that I had to separate David from his disorder. I loved him while I hated schizophrenia.