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Old August 25th, 2008, 12:16 AM   #1
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Well my grandfather on my dads side was institutionalized in his later years for what im pretty sure was schizophrenia, and now since my dad and mom got divorced my dad is talking about people tracking him by his cell phone, and watching him. So idk what this means for me but i guess ill just have to deal with it if/when it happens.


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Old August 26th, 2008, 03:08 PM   #2
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Well my grandfather on my dads side was institutionalized in his later years for what im pretty sure was schizophrenia, and now since my dad and mom got divorced my dad is talking about people tracking him by his cell phone, and watching him. So idk what this means for me but i guess ill just have to deal with it if/when it happens.
If you're worried about it, which I can only assume you are, talk to a professional. A therapist, best to keep it from your dad, as such. It may make him worse. We're here if you need us aswell

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Old August 26th, 2008, 10:18 PM   #3
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Well, what it means is that your dad might be saying/doing/believeing things that are peculiar and frightening to you. If it's schizophrenia is another matter, as schizophrenia is an illness with many symptoms, such as delusional (irrational) thoughts or beliefs, but most notably, a general bizarreness in thought patterns in general and emotional reponsiveness that is truly unusual, ranging from flat to wildly excited. Think about the poor souls you might have seen shouting at stop signs in a city near by, or the 'bag people', those who are homeless b/c they've been deinstitutionalized. That's typically what schizophrenia looks like.

Your dad may or may not have schizphrenia, but what you're noticing is a difference in the way he thinks. This might be due to a lot of factors other than schizophrenia. Have you shared your observations with him about his behavior? And, perhaps more importantly, have you shared your concerns with some other adults/family members who can help him? You might want to do that.

Lastly, the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses of all kinds has undergone a dramatic change since your Grandfather was hospitalized. Back then, people were 'institutionalized' for all sorts of things and misdiagnosed, too, so unless there was someone who remembers his behavior vividly and can now compare it to your dad's, all you can assume is that there's a vulnerability in the family.

Help your dad by telling some family member. And don't worry about you, there are alot of other factors (and genes) that affect you and your chances of having a similiar vulnerability.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 11:59 AM   #4
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Try not to worry too much about developing the disorder yourself. Your dad may not even be schizophrenic. The paranoia that he seems to be experiencing is a symptom of a number of other disorders.


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i suggest going to therapist as michael said and that we`re here if you want to talk

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