My Mom Is A Schizophrenic

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it hard to tell the difference between what is real and not real,  think clearly,  have normal emotional responses and act normally in social situations.

She also suffers from Hypergraphia.  It is a behavioral condition characterized by the intense desire to write. Forms of hypergraphia can vary in writing style and content. It is a symptom associated with temporal lobe changes in epilepsy, which is the cause of the Geschwind syndrome, a mental disorder. Structures that may have an effect on hypergraphia when damaged due to temporal lobe epilepsy are the hippocampus and Wernicke’s area.  Aside from temporal lobe epilepsy, chemical causes may be responsible for inducing hypergraphia.

She thinks the pages she writes will save the world and expose a vast conspiracy run by Dick Cheney, Ralph Nader, Tom Brokaw and….Peter Jennings.

I’ve been taking care of her since I was 12 years old. I’ve been dealing with this for 17 years.

This is what her writing looks like on a really bad day.

Blacked out family names.

She really has a thing for Ralph Nadar and 7-11. She thinks they’re poisoning the spicy bites to make people compliant and docile for the coming take over.

“Betty” is her code word for Dick Cheney
She keeps everything here. Each one of these is sacred to her.

But every couple of days I sneak in when she is out and take some away to make room. She absolutely flips out if she thinks any of them are gone. But that rarely happens.
She keeps filling bag after bag of loose sheets.

And I sneak them out.
Writing from a calm, good day

This one was for protesting outside the US Congress.

She fills page after page of these oversized art notebooks.

Each page is 2.5 x 1.5 ft.





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