Two individuals I know are diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. One repeatedly talks about situations where harm occurred and expresses fear and concern about events occurring again. This individual, however, has no other issues and can generally participate with others and in society. This person realizes that mention of her concerns should not be expressed publicly. The other individual expresses continued concern about harmful events and cannot move beyond these conversations; there are also significant memory loss and compulsive behavioral issues. Both individuals, one more highly functioning than the other deserve a great degree of compassion. Either situation can be very difficult for family members or other loved ones involved in providing care. Support groups and education are extremely important for caregivers of loved ones experiencing mental health issues because there is no rhyme or reason to daily events or care needs.

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PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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