Losing Dad, Paranoid Schizophrenia: A Family's Search for Hope


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“A gripping story of fear and loss—of a search for hope—and of love.”

— Five-Star Review by Patricia Reding for Readers’ Favorite


"A story with a powerful quiet that lingers." 

— Alicia Winski, Founder, Editor-In-Chief at Nightwing Publications


“Stories of heartache and loss are plentiful, but a true tale which makes the reader feel like a friendly ear on the other side of the table…sticks to the ribs.”

— Ellen Eldridge, Target Audience Magazine



No drugs. No alcohol. So, how does a fifty-three-year-old develop schizophrenia? That’s the question puzzling Joseph’s family when his mind descends into madness, filled with grandiose delusions and paranoia. He roams the world as a self-proclaimed prophet-of-God—purportedly arrested in Israel, advised the Mafioso in Italy, and hailed as a prophet in Africa. When he returns to the United States, he faces down drug dealers and prostitutes while homeless, then disappears.
His wife and three kids race to find answers before he slips away forever. Their biggest fear—he will die a faceless stranger on the streets. Alone. 
A Benjamin Franklin Silver award-winner in psychology, Losing Dad, Paranoid Schizophrenia: A Family's Search for Hope is a compelling true story told through multiple perspectives—the children, spouse, and patient; it offers a glimpse into a world that will either feel hauntingly familiar or shocking. 
The foreword by Dr. Xavier Amador, Founder, LEAP Institute, Author of I am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help! explains the neurological condition of anosognosia
This 10th Anniversary Edition (to be released January 24, 2024) has rearranged formatted for improved readability and additional supplemental materials, which include updated discussion of mental health laws, family interviews, photographs, and expanded reading guide questions useful for book clubs or classroom discussion. Ideal as a case study showcasing lived experience for those in medical, mental health, law enforcement, political, and legal fields to better understand the societal and psychological impacts of mental illness, both as experienced by caregivers and the community. Severe mental illness impacts the entire family.
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