I remember once when i was about 4 or 5, my dad a mental breakdown. My mum told him that their marriage was over and then she left and went to her friends for an hour. When she got back, he was layed on the conservatory floor with his shirt over his head talking to a micky mouse toy. He was taken into a mental hospital and than released the next day.
When i talked to him about it, he said he doesnt remember much. He said that when he was taken into an office, he tried his best to act completely normal so that he wouldn't get sectioned. In the end, the experts said he has a personality disorder.
My mum said he made the whole thing up and acted it out to try and get her to stay with him. At first i believed my mum, but now i can see that he was the one telling the truth because im going down the same route.