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Reply #20: That's ok. I am actually old enough to be her grandfather. [View All]

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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-10-09 08:25 AM
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20. That's ok. I am actually old enough to be her grandfather.
Only about 15% of people with schizophrenia are able to hold down a full time job and that depends much upon the age at which the disease took hold of their lives. If they had been previously working full time then the odds are better. They are not good for my goddaughter who has never had a job and has not yet finished high school although she faithfully reviews the SAT guide books which she has requested.

Schizophrenia is a recognized biological brain disease just like MS or Parkinson's, but since those who suffer from it often appear normal they are not treated like they have a disease. When they do not appear normal they are not treated as having an illness, but simply as being crazy.

When my goddaughter went into the hospital just after Christmas last year she had tears in her eyes when she asked her mom, "Mom, does this mean I am crazy". Unfortunately nearly half the people with schizophrenia do not believe they are ill since the part of the brain which allows them to have self awareness is the part of the brain affected by the disease.
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