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My name is Heila. I am 55 (born 1961), divorced (and struggling to make ends meet), and mother of a 26-year-old son diagnosed with schizo-OCD, or schizophrenia and OCD, to go by the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) classification that does not include the term schizo-OCD. His coping and very special attitude in regard to his illness, the history of his condition and the extremely tough times we have gone through and emerged from, strengthened and life-embracing, inspired me to beginย this blog.

My parents are divorced (it runs in the family…), my father lives in West Africa and my mom and younger sister are at home in Germany. Eight years of my childhood I spent in Africa with my family. For the past 30 years I have been living in Israel. I speak German, English, Hebrew and French (the latter not too well). I love birds, cats – especially our cat, animals altogether, nature, biology, psychology, learning, sleeping, swimming, being cooked for, being left in peace (not always…), my bicycle, the sun, the sea and the desert.

My posts are about the content ofย my life: Mental health, my son, Israel, movies & books I enjoyed (or not), and thoughts.

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