Can the parents of someone with schizophrenia maintain a balanced life>


  • As parents, we tried hard to maintain a balanced life but it was not easy. We listened to our son and were always there for him.
  • We were accepting and encouraging yet whenever we came up with new ideas, David rejected them.
  • There were times when David spoke to us for hours at a time until we felt physically battered.
  • We spoke to him with the utmost respect and tried to include him in our activities but to no avail.
  • We tried not to be patronizing.
  • We tried not to show him how upset we were.
  • Arguing with him didn’t help so we tried to refrain from doing so.
  • And more than anything else, we tried not to criticize but as we are only human, we did not always succeed. I was less successful than my late husband.

We were unable to lead regular lives. The tension in our home was palpable and most of the time I felt as if I were treading on broken glass.

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One thought on “Can the parents of someone with schizophrenia maintain a balanced life>

  1. Jenn zeffman joint coordinator Harrow Rethink Mental Illness

    This is all so true, but what is the answer? Sometimes we seem to have harmony, but over the years we have forgotten what this is!!!!!

    Reply

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