Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

A little about me


#1

Hi all! I’m new here… well kind of, I’ve been reading what has been posted for about a month now but to scared to make an account or reply. I am kind of new to schizophrenia in a way but in a way I’ve known it for years. When I was younger I found out my “father” is schizophrenic and at the time that was very scary. As I got older my ‘father’ kept refusing to take his meds and he simply got crazier and crazier, to this day he still doesn’t take his meds and I no longer talk to him. About a month ago I went to the doctor cause I was seeing and hearing thing. I am now on meds for schizophrenia and waiting to talk to a psychiatrist.


#2

Welcome to the boards.

It’s good you’re already in with the docs.

Sorry your father isn’t med compliant. it sounds like he should be.


#3

Welcome…


#4

Thank you.
Yeah my mom knew what to do as soon as I told her, I should have told her sooner.
It’s okay. He really should be… he can be very scary when he’s talking all crazy.


#5

Well let you father be an example of what not to do when it comes to managing this illness.

Most people on hear have pretty modest but balanced lives. In that they are totally functional.

So it is possible. Stick around.


#6

Thank you. I will keep him as an example of what not to do.
That’s nice, I just wish I wasn’t so tired all the time.
I think I will. It seems nice around here.


#7

Yeah negatives and side effects are one of those barriers.


#8

Welcome :smile:


#9

It gets pretty slow here at this time. It picks up at certain times. I hope you’re not suffering too much .


#10

Suggested:

  1. Get a copy of this book and read it. Have your immediate family read it, too.
    http://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Schizophrenia-6th-Edition-Family/dp/0062268856

  2. If yo need a high-level, “specialist” professional intervention, tell me where you live, and I will get back to you with leads to those services.

  3. Get properly diagnosed by a board-certified psychopharmacologist who specializes in the psychotic disorders. One can find them at…
    https://psychiatrists.psychologytoday.com/rms/

  4. Work with that p-doc to develop a medication formula that stabilizes your symptoms sufficiently so that you can tackle to the psychotherapy that will disentangle your thinking from reality effectively. The best of the therapies for that currently include…
    DBT – http://behavioraltech.org/resources/whatisdbt.cfm
    MBSR – http://www.mindfullivingprograms.com/whatMBSR.php
    ACT – https://contextualscience.org/act
    MBBT – https://www.newharbinger.com/blog/introduction-mind-body-bridging-i-system
    10 StEP – http://pairadocks.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-10-steps-of-emotion-processing.html

  5. the even newer somatic psychotherapies like…
    SEPT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somatic_Experiencing
    SMPT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensorimotor_psychotherapy

  6. or standard CBTs, like…
    REBT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_emotive_behavior_therapy
    Schematherapy – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schema_Therapy
    Learned Optimism – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_optimism
    Standard CBT – http://www.beckinstitute.org/what-is-cognitive-behavioral-therapy/About-CBT/252/


#11

Well I’m still learning a bit and so far they suck!


#12

It may be a bit slow at time but it’s still nice. Besides being tired I’m not suffering. Thank you for your concern!


#13

Wow thank you so very much! I’ll get the book as soon as I can! Thank you!


#14

Hi, twialine, I’d like to say hello to you. I have been diagnosed with SZ for 10 years and tried both nonmedicated and medicated. So I’d like to tell you my experience. If you take meds right after being diagnosed , you will get much less side effect from meds because your brain haven’t damaged heavily by relapses. But if you stop taking meds and got relapses, you will get heavy side effects when you take meds again. You are young and you need to keep a good brain for a job, so I’d like you to take my experience seriously and strive for a good future.


#15

Thank you very much for sharing that with me. I have found it hard some days to take my meds but I just think of my ‘father’ and I take it anyways. This has just given me more reason to keep taking them and for that thank you.


#16

**Hi @Twialine!
This will be a great site for you.
My son was also diagnosed. He has never been compliant and his life has been VERY hard.
You are very brave and you should be proud that you took the steps to take care of yourself! **


#17

Is it sudden that you are hearing and seeing things? Do you think it’s due to drugs or alcohol or stress? What brought it on?

Mine was real gradual, but everyone is different.

Hope you keep posting.


#18

thought i would say hi.
take care :alien:


#19

Hello and welcome!


#20

welcome to the forum… it can be a nice place but there have been recently some jerks so be wary of people here that might say the wrong things.