Diagnoses of mental health disorders are never easy.

It can be especially difficult for a parent to receive the diagnosis about their child.

The desire to protect your child coupled with the guilt of potential heredity can be an overwhelming thing to grapple with.

These 13 parents share what it’s like to hear that your son is schizophrenic, and how they deal with it.

1. It’s a hard thing to hear

Your job is to protect them, but you can’t protect them from this.

My son has schizophrenia and it breaks my heart.

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2. Diagnoses can come early in some cases

And the earlier the intervention, the better.

My son was diagnosed schizophrenic, bipolar, ASD and ADHD at 5. He's a wonderful child on his meds.

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3. It can run in families

And it’s not always easy to identify.

My son is only 6 but I already think he might be schizophrenic like I am...

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4. Sometimes they need treatment you can’t provide

And what a hard thing that is, but hopefully a temporary one.

My son is a 9-year-old schizophrenic. We spent Mother's Day today playing board games while I visited him at the psychiatric hospital.

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5. It can make absolutely everything harder

And the longer it takes, the more difficult those years might be.

My son is 17 and suffers from schizophrenia. It has been a complete nightmare.

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6. Sometimes it doesn’t even become apparent until adulthood

Or at least not apparent to the untrained parent.

My son was just discharged from the miliatry. He was diagnosed as schizophrenic. Parents, please pay close attention to your child's eccentricities... it may not be just personality quirks.

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7. Sometimes you catch it early

Best case scenario, even though it is its own brand of agony.

My son was diagnosed with the early onset of schizophrenia. I feel so helpless.

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8. Other times it might be triggered by lifestyle

When a person is susceptible, it may not take much to push them over the line.

My son tried drugs and took a trip he didn't come back from. He is now schizophrenic.

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9. Sometimes the self-medication might cause the illness…

Other times the illness might cause people to self-medicate.

My son did drugs for years. Now he's a paranoid schizophrenic. Drug induced. Horrible life.

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10. But your child is still your child

Their condition doesn’t make you love them any less.

My son has schizophrenia and you would not believe the amount of people who thought we should have given him up.

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11. Even when you feel like hiding sometimes

It’s okay to get overwhelmed.

My son has schizophrenia and sometimes I feel like running away. Even though I never would.

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12. Remember that it’s not a death sentence

And symptoms can be managed.

My son has schizophrenia from his father's side. He's a awesome kid so far though.

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Dealing with a diagnosis of an uncommon mental health condition is not something you’d wish on any parent.

As these stories show, it can be heartbreaking to deal with.

But there is also hope. And that’s what we all have to hold onto sometimes.

What would you do? Let us know in the comments.