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Paranoid Dad

My father over the past 30 years has been a depressed person and paranoid. Over the past 10 years he has been making changes in his life such as seeking counseling, taking anti-depressants, eating organically, and it seems to have helped. He seems much happier with smaller depressive episodes. Growing up I remember his paranoia that people were watching him, neighbors he didn't like he says were following him when he moved to a new house etc.. These incidents were far between and we didn't pay a lot of attention to them. I just found out from my mother that he has mentally abused her throughout their marriage and she has been hiding it from us kids. He wont let her look around when they are out in public because he thinks she is looking at other men. This week he has accused my mom of having affairs with neighbors, with his brother and 2 days ago made her go take a polygraph test to prove she did it. This is not a family who should be on the Jerry Springer show..... My father is completely unreachable. We do not know where to go next with him. Can you offer some advice?

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