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A Father, Son, And Schizophrenia

By on December 9, 2014

Schizophrenia affects men and women equally. It occurs at similar rates in all ethnic groups around the world. Symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions usually start between ages 16 and 30. Men tend to experience symptoms a little earlier than women. Most of the time, people do not get schizophrenia after age 45.

The recent news of 24-year-old Julian St. John, son of The Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John committing suicide draws attention to mental health and caring for someone with schizophrenia.

Julian St. John was diagnosed and lived with schizophrenia and depression for years; he was found unresponsive in the bathroom of a Long Beach facility. His parents Kristoff and Mia, announced the news, confirming their son, who was an artist, had died on November 23.

Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that has affected people throughout history.

People with the disorder may hear voices other people don’t hear. They may believe other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. This can terrify people with the illness and make them withdrawn or extremely agitated. There are also a host of early warning signs to pay attention to as well.

Early Warning Signs of Schizophrenia

  • Social withdrawal
  • Irrational hostility or suspiciousness
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Flat, expressionless gaze
  • Inappropriate laughter or crying
  • Depression
  • Oversleeping or insomnia
  • Odd or irrational statements

People with schizophrenia may not make sense when they talk. They may sit for hours without moving or talking. Sometimes people with schizophrenia seem perfectly fine until they talk about what they are really thinking.