My mom has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. I have mixed emotions about this, but surprise isnt one of them. Her father had many psychological issues and these are two traits that they share. When she first told me I was afraid. I looked back on times in my own life when I had acted less than sane. Ex-boyfriends and one ex-girlfriend who had called me crazy in a fight. I took a long look at myself, but the end result was that the diagnosis is not mine. I don't go about my day all the while making up scenarios where everyone is out to get me. I am maybe a little crazy, but not a paranoid schizophrenic.
The fact that my mother chose to tell no one else about her diagnosis was not surprising, either. However, it was scary. I feel a lot of responsibility to look after her, as she has been advised to admit herself when she has episodes as she is certifiably a danger to herself and others.
In other news, my ever changing love life is calm... which is nice, but it does get lonely out here sometimes.