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Hello, I am looking for understanding and direction and just

Hello, I am looking for understanding and direction and just an ear. My 14 yr old daughter is Schizophrenic. She was always an honor roll student and then I noticed over the past 2 years things started changing. Her grades dropped and she started isolating herself. I have an 8 year old who is being treated for Bipolar disorder and I thought maybe she was experiencing the same issue. I took her for testing and I am happy I did. The tests prompted them to do further testing. The night before we went to get the test results she told me about the evil figures have evolved into people and one of them is trying to convince her that he is her brother. I didn't have a chance to tell the Psychologist, because during the time she was reviewing the test results with me she asked her if she saw things or heard things. My daughter looked at me and I told her and asked her why. She said because of the scores on the psychosis part of the testing. I know I am rambling but I don't know how to explain to her what the diagnosis is. I am afraid she might shut down on me.

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Aug 9

schizophrenia is a huge diagnosis, and what you want to do is to take the best pathway for your children.
In order to do this, you try to enforce the area's that you do have control over. One of them is educating yourself to the max, so that you can apply the best strategies that will benefit your children to live a 'as normal as possible future' with these difficult ordeals.

If i may recommend some resources.

Some good reads.

Surviving Schizophrenia, 6th Edition: A Family Manual

https://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Schizophrenia-6th-Family-Manual/dp/0062268856/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533864259&sr=1-5&keywords=schizophrenia

The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia: Helping Your Loved One Get the Most Out of Life

https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Family-Guide-Schizophrenia-Helping/dp/1593851804/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533864259&sr=1-7&keywords=schizophrenia

100 Q&As About Your Child's Schizophrenia

https://www.amazon.com/100-About-Your-Childs-Schizophrenia/dp/0763778087/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533864495&sr=1-2&keywords=schizophrenia+children

Daylight: A True Story of Childhood Schizophrenia

https://www.amazon.com/Daylight-True-Story-Childhood-Schizophrenia/dp/0982548095/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533864495&sr=1-3&keywords=schizophrenia+children

Another very important thing to realize is that cells are the building blocks of our body (and in this the brain is the same) ,you want to get the best building blocks for your childs brain, here are some websites on diet and schizophrenia.

https://www.livingwithschizophreniauk.org/information-sheets/healthy-living-schizophrenia-and-diet/

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-disorders/schizophrenia-treatment-and-self-help.htm

http://www.foodforthebrain.org/nutrition-solutions/schizophrenia-and-psychosis/about-schizophrenia-and-psychosis.aspx

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3004718/

The link between food and health is too often underestimated, in reality it can be the difference between day and night. Please have a look at the links

The mayo clinic offers a more in depth look into schizophrenia.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/schizophrenia/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354449

As the parent of the children, your input, education and love makes all the difference for their lives. Please take the time to read all the links/books and information I gave, and do not see it as the end. It's merely me pointing in the direction of the first stepping stone, and all I can hope is that you step on many of them for the sake of your children and you yourself.

Hope that helps.

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Aug 16

I'm going through the same thing with my 15 year old daughter. I recommend The Quiet Room and Broken Brain, Fortified Faith, too. Research, asks the doctors lots of questions and reach out to others going through it. We are all here to support one another and provide encouragement. I've been slowly watching this illness rob my daughter of who she once was. It hurts my heart at times, but I have to stay strong for her. My daughter usually refuses to tell me what she sees and hears, but once in a while she will open up. I just reassure her that I love her, I explain that it is a medical condition just like diabetes or any other illness and I give her statistics on just how common the illness is. I let her sleep when she needs to and I am very patient with her. I also got her a cell phone, because one day things got bad at school and she needed me to come get her. Big hugs.

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