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Someone please help my mother?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 18, 2009
  • 05:32 AM

Hello! I'm a 16 year old worried about my mother's aberrant behavior (at home and in public)
Here are some of the things about her that has been bugging for the past five years or so...

-She laughs inappropriately at times. (eg: in an empty,quiet room - that's when it's the most freaky...doing chores...when laughter is just uncalled for!)
-She is extremely paranoid (she thinks the neighbors and people in public spy on us! T__T She thinks all my friends are against me and that the way they talk to me has secret meaning..like a code or something)
-She keeps coughing and making weird..throat noises when she is suspicious of something
-She is inattentive and stares into space at times (I have to keep repeating the same question over and over before she snaps out of it and answers..)
-She gets mood swings. (eg: angry at one moment, happy and laughing the next)

It's been like this for a REALLY long time but I think it's getting worse and it's really starting to bug/worry me!
Oh and the weird thing is that she can remember things (most of the time) and can perform cognitive tasks perfectly fine. (at least I think so..)

Is this something I should be worried about? Does she have a psychological/neurological disorder of some sort? Please help! =(

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  • i suggest to maybe go and talk to a doctor about her and this behaviour. i have a father who is a paranoid schizophrenic (schizophenia) and your post makes me think of him, he did all that except the laughing out loud, but that can be schizophenia too. He'd stare into space.. and get weird thoughts too. Schizophrenics slowly over time if it's not medicated get worst. They only start doing really abnormal things when they get real bad,, before that it's just weird thoughts with them possibly hiding some of their weird actions. (it took years for my fathers schizophrenia to get to that point where his actual behaviour became schizophrenic too.. and by then he was so bad that the police had to be involved, he then had to spend quite a while in a mental instituation). I really suggest to go and talk to your doctor about your mum.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies
    • January 19, 2009
    • 11:30 AM
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  • The mood swings make me think she might be bipolar.
    richard wayne2b 1,232 Replies
    • January 19, 2009
    • 01:23 PM
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  • Yes it sounds like she suffers from paranoia/schizophenia.But before you do the drug route I would try to get her to feel her unresolved fear/anxiety as nuch as possible. Sounds like she was traumatized as a child. Take her to a beach or park to relax...massage...hot tea...help her relax and see if that helps.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 19, 2009
    • 03:32 PM
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