My mother has chronic schizophrenia. The doctor has added one more medicine Olanzapine to reduce the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. My mother has responded well to it. She feels fine at home and talks to us comfortably. But she hesitates to talk to any relative, shows blunt expressions when we take her out. She shows no interest in talking or answering to any person beside us. These days we took her out to meet a relative and visit some places there. We were all enjoying but she was sitting confused and a bit feared. A child came to her to wish her good morning, she smiled and picked up the child on her lap, but after few minutes, she again showed some blunt expression, paying no attention to the child. It was seeming as if every effort to bring her, in reality, was failing, though she was herself trying to enjoy. She tended to be in an unanswering mode. I was trying her to communicate with others and enjoy the environment, but tended to be in the semiconscious state and wanting to sleep.
I want to know why it is happening to her when we try our best possible efforts to distract her to take her out of the semiconscious state of mind.
I am suffering from OCD. In severe OCD episodes, I also tend to be in semiconscious state of mind when I want to enjoy the environment but not able to do that. No distraction is able to take me out of that brain-locking mode, when I feel mentally paralyzed. I too become unresponsive to various situations and people talking to me. This forces me to think, that I have OCD because of my mother, and tend to hate her for this, though I love my mom very much and do not want to think so. I feel as if when I reach my mother's age I will react the same way.
My mother does not have OCD, she is suffering from schizophrenia. Where from I inherited this disease? My father was a bit compulsive of cleanliness. He hated dirtiness in the house and want the house clean every time. He hated us watching TV for long hours, and playing games and not studying. He wanted us to study subjects. But he never had any psychotic episode. All these habits added to his achievments in his life.