Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

Better after hospitalization

Continuing the discussion from Son in psychiatric facility:

My son is home after two weeks in a psychiatric facility. I’m so glad that I didn’t opt to release him early. He has improved so much since being on the medications, depakote and zyprexa. Our challenge now is keeping him on the meds! Any ideas you can share that have helped??

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Some ideas…

Continually tell him how much better (less scared, less anxious, more relaxed, happier, etc) he seems now that he’s on meds. Tell him “everyone” sees a big difference and is so happy for him. Drive this idea home.

Continually tell him taking his meds will help him to not have to go back to the hospital again. Be careful though because you don’t want to make it seem like a hospitalization is a bad thing or a punishment. Hopefully, he’ll learn to view hospitalizations as a “safe place” for when things get rough.


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Check it out.

Good advice! Appreciate it.