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Allison, a twenty-six-years old, has been admitted for schizophrenia, which was diagnosed six years ago. She has had auditory hallucinations for several years, though there have been times when her "special voices" have stopped. Lately, the hallucinations have been worse. She lives with her parents, who are in their late 60s. When you meet with her parents, her mother says, "I don't know what we are going to do. My husband had a heart attack last year. Allison can't seem to control herself any more. She won't take her medications. We're getting old." She begins to cry quietly. Allison's father then says, "She can't seem to concentrate much any more or make sound decisions. Sometimes she doesn't even talk, and other times we can't understand what she is saying-- it's so confusing. This is all new, and it's not good." When you meet with Allison, you find that she is very quiet and appears to have little emotion. She cannot remember what her last hospitalization was like. She does tell you that she has been unable to go to her job for two months.

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