Hi all. My teen daughter was recently dx with sz. Her counselor mentioned several weeks ago that he is worried about her being victimized because of her mental illness. The voices are constantly telling her how worthless she is, that she should not be alive, everyone hates her, etc. On a side note, she is on meds that have quieted the voices, but the auditory and visual hallucinations aren’t completely gone. Kids at school also constantly tell her how weird she is due to her negative symptoms.
Over this past year, she has had two abusive boyfriends. Some bad things have happened to her and she now also has PTSD. Other “friends” use her to get things paid for.
I guess my question is this: does this illness impact their decision making? She cries that she has no friends and feels so alone, so I feel like she is letting people use and hurt her in an effort to have people in her life. Do others see this vulnerability and use it to their advantage? Do the meds impact decision making?
I hope all that made sense. Something terrible happened to her this past week. I just want to be informed when I go to the school about whether or not decision making is altered by this illness. I feel as though it is, but I was curious if any others see this with their loved ones. Thank you.