I am the family member of a person who has lived with schizophrenia for approximately 45 years, and most recently she began exhibiting early signs of dementia, which seems to make her condition worse.
She oftentimes relapses because at certain intervals in life she stops taking her medication, which causes her major setbacks with regard to her mental health.
During the early years of the illness I was never exposed to the roller coaster ride the disease brought on. However, most recently due to her constant relapses, I have seen the illness manifest in unusual and unexpected ways.
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