2. Impact of psychosis on families


Serena's story

LorenzoLorenzo is a 21-year-old university student living with his mother and younger brother. Recently, Lorenzo’s family has noticed that he is not behaving like his usual self. He seems to be very agitated and angry. He has been pacing the house, not sleeping at night, not eating, talking quickly and suspicious of his mother and brother. The other day, he began throwing out all of his and his brother’s belongings, saying things are infected.

Serena, Lorenzo’s mother, is extremely worried about Lorenzo. When his symptoms began, he was in the middle of his studies and hasn’t been able to complete the year. He also used to give her a ride to work every day but hasn’t been able to for a while. He is refusing to seek help, so she’s unsure what to do.

Serena Serena: “I can’t understand what’s happening. He used to be so active and productive. I’m so worried about him and his future. He used to drive me to work, and since he’s been unwell, I’ve been late to work because I’ve been taking the bus. He also used to help with our monthly rent, so we’re impacted financially too. I keep telling him to see our family doctor, but he refuses to go. I’m feeling totally distraught.”

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