I do a great amount of reading up on schizophrenia and together with experience of this illness in my family, this is what I found. The early signs of schizophrenia occur mostly in the teen years and this makes it more difficult to pick up as these signs are similar to behaviors often found in teens in general. The very earliest signs of schizophrenia often occur even before the age of 16, but they may remain hidden for many years. Together with the fact that neither my husband nor myself knew anything about mental illness,  how could we possibly have known all this?

But, we learned that if a student suddenly:

  • Changes friends rather often
  • Shows a drop in grades
  • Isn’t sleeping well
  • Becomes very irritable suddenly
  • Develops an odd manner of speaking and thinking
  • Has difficulty telling reality from fantasy
  • Withdraws from friends and actually becomes socially isolated
  • Has unusual thoughts and becomes suspicious of everything
  • Has ideas that are positively paranoid or …
  • Has a family history of psychosis

One of the above does not indicate a problem but when a few of them are apparent, his parents or teachers should make sure that she/he gets successful treatment; the earlier the individual seeks help, the better the results will usually be


‘The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.’

    by Sanuuel Johnson                                                                               






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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

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