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541927_514685615219631_1592704749_nOur Story – At age 14, my daughter began to tell me that she was hearing music, noises & people talking when there was none. After a year of hospitalizations, doctors’ visits and a trip to Columbia University in New York City & the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA, we finally got a diagnosis. Chronic paranoid schizophrenia. For 13 years she was in & out of psychiatric hospitals. At 16, I took her out of school because she wasn’t able to cope with the stress. To be truthful the school wasn’t able to cope with her. I tried everything that I could think of. The residential treatment facility discharged her because she was too compliant. Most of the clients had behavior problems. At one point she was in a group home where they were to train her to live independently. She had been in the system long enough at that point that she knew the ropes. This time she refused to do as she was told so they ask her to leave. I tried to find her a job. She worked at a fast food restaurant but she burned herself almost daily. I even paid a gym to hire her & do a little cleaning. But after several hospitalizations they didn’t want her back.

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