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Mon Apr 1, 2019, 09:23 PM

Schizophrenia Simulation


Caretaking for someone with this illness combined with bipolar right now, till they are placed in a group home.

The guy is 6'3 and about 350 lb..
But he is a gentle giant, a truly friendly man. It just takes a little patience to talk him down when the disease kicks in.


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wonderwarthog Apr 2019 OP
Summer Apr 2019 #1
wonderwarthog Apr 2019 #2
Summer Apr 2019 #5
wonderwarthog Apr 2019 #6
Summer Apr 2019 #7
wonderwarthog Apr 2019 #8
Summer Apr 2019 #11
wonderwarthog Apr 2019 #12
Squeek Apr 2019 #3
wonderwarthog Apr 2019 #9
batcat Apr 2019 #4
wonderwarthog Apr 2019 #10

Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Mon Apr 1, 2019, 09:39 PM

1. wow

That was sobering, and sad. It really is a skilled compassionate person who is able to talk them down.

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Response to Summer (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 1, 2019, 09:41 PM

2. What I'm learning

Is you can't argue with a delusion using reason.

"The martians are spying on me."

O.K., but we have to get ready to go to the Doctors now."

And it helps to react calmly to the paranoia with a softly worded explanation of the facts.

"Were the staff talking about me in there?"

"No. Mr. Jones has gotten bronchitis and they're taking him to the e.r.."

So far so good.

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Response to wonderwarthog (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 07:32 PM

5. yes, divert

Im in the trenches with a loved one with dementia/Alzheimer's. We use those same tactics with her. Try to go into her reality and diffuse. Never argue. This is the most exhausting caretaking I have ever helped with.

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Response to Summer (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 10:15 PM

6. Bad news


Came home Saturday and he absconded from his probation.

It is a 4 mile walk to the nearby small town, and 20 miles to the nearest city.

Went looking for him, to no avail.

Hoping he went to town and not into the woods, he took belongings with him so hopefully didn't hurt himself.

His p.o. is now looking for him.

Very sad.

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Response to wonderwarthog (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 09:02 PM

7. Oh no

I hope he is found safe. It is so sad.

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Response to Summer (Reply #7)

Sat Apr 13, 2019, 10:57 PM

8. He's back and safe.


Walked about 15 miles, called for a ride.

Looks like he can't be left alone at all.

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Response to wonderwarthog (Reply #8)

Sun Apr 14, 2019, 09:48 PM

11. 15 miles???

That is crazy!!! My loved one who I help to care for cannot ever be alone if she is standing up. She has broken ribs, a black eye and stitches in her head. I know this is different from your situation, but brain diseases are so exhausting for caretakers.

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Response to Summer (Reply #11)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 12:04 AM

12. Oh, I know, believe me.


But, fortunately, this is a healthy 6'3 340 lb. guy built like a linebacker.

He has walked halfway across the U.S in his younger days.

Sad he has to live with the disease.
He is friendly and very likeble when on his meds, got to keep the illness and the person seperate.

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Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Mon Apr 1, 2019, 10:53 PM

3. Wow...OK

That was too intense. I could not watch/listen to the whole thing.


Your previous post in which you say that it's very hard to communicate with someone in that state, so true. My MIL didn't have schizophrenia, but she did have dementia, and during the course of her being here I learned the same thing...do NOT argue or reason with a person going through that. You will only lose and upset the person needlessly.

As far as the voices go, I think if I had to deal with that sort of thing all the time, I would probably do a lot of harm/damage to myself trying to get rid of them. I don't know how people cope with it.



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Response to Squeek (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 13, 2019, 10:58 PM

9. Like being on a bad trip


all the time.

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Response to wonderwarthog (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2019, 02:45 AM

4. That was definitely educational. Thanks. (n/t)

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Response to batcat (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 13, 2019, 10:58 PM

10. Most welcome.

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