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By Mayo Clinic staff

Paranoid schizophrenia is one of several types of schizophrenia, a chronic mental illness in which a person loses touch with reality (psychosis). The classic features of paranoid schizophrenia are having delusions and hearing things that aren't real.

With paranoid schizophrenia, your ability to think and function in daily life may be better than with other types of schizophrenia. You may not have as many problems with memory, concentration or dulled emotions. Still, paranoid schizophrenia is a serious, lifelong condition that can lead to many complications, including suicidal behavior.

With effective treatment, you can manage the symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia and work toward leading a happier, healthier life.
They may not want to classify subcategories of sz these days, but people still have various types of sz like Mayo Clinic worded it and the above is a good brief summary.


Crisis Phone Numbers:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Phone: 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)
TTY: 1 (800) 800-799-4889

Veterans Suicide Helpline
Phone: 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255) and press 1

Online Resources:

American Association of Suicidology

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

Mental Health America

Mental Health Ministries

Mental Health Ministry Toolkit
National Alliance on Mental Illness

Pathways to Promise

Suicide Prevention:
Suicide and Faith

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Suicide Training:

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Suicide & Faith - a free faith leader training

Life After War
After returning from Afghanistan, Lt. Mike Scotti was faced with a creeping depression and contemplating suicide. Through a series of powerful events, he finally found a path to healing.


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Psychiatry and Religion: The Convergence of Mind and Spirit (Issues in Psychiatry)– James K. Boehnlein, M.D. (Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, 2000).

 Children of Jonah: personal stories by survivors of suicide attempts – Edited by James T. Clemons, Ph. D. Foreword by Judy Collins.  (Sterling, VA, Capital Books, 2001).

Suicide: A Christian Response: Crucial Considerations for Choosing Life  – Timothy J. Demy & Gary P. Stewart, editors. Foreword by Carl. F. H. Henry. (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 1998).

The Role of Faith Communities in Suicide Prevention: A Guidebook for Faith Leaders –Timothy Doty, Psy.D & Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D., MNM. (Denver, Colo.: Carson J Spencer Foundation, 2009).

Life's worth: the case against assisted suicide – Arthur J. Dyck. (Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 2002).

Grace for the afflicted: viewing mental illness through the eyes of faith – Matthew S. Stanford. (Colorado Springs: Paternoster 2008).

Suicide: pastoral responses – Loren L. Townsend, Daniel G. Bagby, editor.  (Nashville, Tenn.: Abingdon Press, 2006).

DVDs and Videos:

Fierce Goodbye: Living in the Shadow of Suicide – In this 2004 documentary produced by Mennonite Media, family members reveal their intimate stories and pain to assist other survivors and help the broader community understand the unique, terrible grief of suicide.  It explores the Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Greek Orthodox responses to suicide and features Judy Collins, who lost her son to suicide, and psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison, a suicide attempt survivor.  A study guide and other helps for faith leaders are available at

Teenage Depression – According to some studies, depression afflicts between 6 percent and 12 percent of American high school students. In children and adolescents, depression is easily missed unless parents, teachers, and medical personnel recognize its signs and symptoms. Without this knowledge, the first inkling a parent may have of the severity of a child's illness is the tragedy of a completed suicide. Families and professionals review symptoms and recommend appropriate actions when it is suspected that a child or adolescent is at risk.

Suicide: Healing After the Death of a Loved One – an inspiring couple who lost their son to suicide shares the story of their faith community’s support and how their painful experience is helping them reach out to others.

Family Guide to Mental Health Care by Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Recover to Live, Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction by Christopher Kennedy Lawford

All in My Mind and No One Will Listen by Danny Cole

Will Jiang, MLS has dedicated the last thirteen years of his life to fighting the stigma attached to mental illnesses, using his writing. He has published eight books that deal with both mental health and language acquisition. They are available on in printed and Kindle formats. His books are regularly in the top 100 books about mental health on Amazon. His latest two books are The Medical Librarian’s Guide to Digital Addiction and a Historical Reader of the New York Times.

His writings explore the unique mind and knowledge of a professional psychiatric librarian who, himself, has thrived despite having a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia at the age of nineteen. Will’s knowledge is culled from years of experience as adjunct lecturer and as the chief librarian at New York State Psychiatric Institution/Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. Each person who takes that first step to learn about how things go wrong with the brain, can be a beacon of hope to many others. When we learn more about what is wrong, we are empowered to do right.

Will Jiang’s author page on, Spring2013, pg 14 (A New Way to Cope” by Melissa Churly).

Solomon's newest book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, about how families accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities, was published in November 2012 in America and two months later in the UK.40 The writing of the book has been supported by residencies at Yaddo,41 MacDowell Colony,42 Ucross Foundation, 43 and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center;44 at MacDowell, he was the a DeWitt Wallace/Reader’s Digest Fellow and later the Stanford Calderwood fellow.45 The book was named one of the 10 best books of 2012 by The New York Times.46
Steps for son who has addiction plus sz and refuses help

 "Loving Someone Who Has Dementia" by Pauline Boss, PhD. The author tries to teach the caregivers how to live with ambiguity. She has a technique called " both-and thinking". Using and getting comfortable with the word BOTH is key to you learning how to make hard decisions that are both good and bad at the same time. "Being able to see the good side of the ambiguity in your relationship gives you the resiliency to endure the emotional and physical work....". Pauline Boss. Try reading her might find some solace.

Outreach to churches:
 Pathways to Understanding: A Manual on Ministry & Mental Illness, published by Pathways to Promise, is perfect for this effort. This initiative can be implemented by NAMI members who would like to see their faith community become more welcoming and supportive to their members affected by mental illness. In addition, NAMI FaithNet offers slide presentations, scripts and tools to support outreach success.

Telecare Corporation
CommonGround is highlighted in the 2012 Annual Report of Telecare Corporation. Telecare is an early adopter of the web application that supports recovery and shared decision making. According to executive director Anne Bakar, CommonGround operationalizes the person centered, recovery oriented practices that set Telecare programs apart in terms of excellence.
Forbes Magazine blog

Pat Deegan is connected to CommonGround, a web-based application that empowers patients recovering from mental illness to take a more active role in their recovery.
When a Person with Mental Illness Goes to Prison...How to Help A Guide for Family Members and Friends

This guide was prepared by Alexandra H. Smith and Jennifer J. Parish of the Urban Justice Center’s Mental Health Project. Funding for this project was generously provided by the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, theOpen Society Institute, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness—New York State.

Much information on TAC - Problem, Solution, Results, Legal Resources, Get Help.

One can go to your state to learn about treatment laws and voluntary/involuntary treatment.


Dr Xavier Amador' s book “I'm Not Sick, I Don't Need Help" makes LEAP suggestions to help parents, caregivers help someone in denial accept they have a serious medical problem

LEAP listen, emphathize, agree, partnership

In this updated edition of Dr. Amador s best selling book, you will learn why so many people with serious mental illness are in denial and refuse treatment. Whether you are a family member, friend, or therapist, you will learn, using a step-by-step plan, how to convince someone with mental illness to accept treatment.

Leap Institure website