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I can only write from the perspective of a sister to someone suffering from what we call paranoid schizophrenia, as a daughter of two doctors of neurology, psychiatry, and psychotherapy, as a physiotherapist, yoga teacher, and seeker for spiritual wisdom. This is why I understand both sides, the western medical approach to this mental illness and the indigenous shaman understanding of a sensitive, spiritually gifted person and troubled soul.It’s been 16 years now that my brother first got diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He tried to kill himself three times in the same night but didn’t succeed due to his mental state, his mind was so far away from the reality that he couldn’t manage. At first, we as a family didn’t know how to cope. We didn’t understand what was going on with my brother. My Mom, who is a doctor of psychiatry and psychotherapy told him, that when he stops taking his medication and has another episode because of it, she will throw him out and dismiss him as a son. She was acting out of fear because she knew from work that if people with schizophrenia stop taking their medication all at once, they are prone to going into remission and with every episode the chance to live without drugs ever again goes towards zero.