Can you relapse while on medication?


#21

I’ve been thinking about that… I think you have less negative symptoms.


#22

Trudat. Way lower negative symptoms. My affect is flat today. Can’t tell if it’s because I am sore from the waist down or not. I just spent like half an hour staring at my books listening to music.


#23

how do you guys define relapse?


#24

specific symptoms that derail my functioning… that would keep me from going to work… or getting through my day with any efficiency.

Voices… I hear them off and on… so if they came back… I wouldn’t call that relapse.

some of the paranoia or some of the cognitive problems I struggle with coming back… keeping me from communicating well… thinking in a straight line… triggering panic attacks… triggering visual hallucinations… or freezing me into such a brain wipe I can barely move… that is what I would consider relapse.


#25

Excellent list. Covers pretty much everything I have seen behind relapses. Add stress to going off meds for a few days and… Look Out.

Made a mess of =me= several times.


#26

thats scary that that can happen…


#27

I have had relapses while on meds. I should mention though it’s usually not full coherence one day and full blown psychosis the next. For me it comes on subtly. Seeing a therapist helps because they can usually point out when it is time to talk to your pdoc. Smoking pot occasionally doesn’t effect me. I know some people on here can’t handle it at all, but everyone’s brain chemistry is different. For years I needed ECT treatments because meds alone didn’t work. But now it has been 8 months without treatments when there was a time I couldn’t go a week without one. I am also on three antipsychotics now, but I don’t have any symptoms and haven’t for a while. :sunny:


#28

Thanks everyone for the comments. I"m grateful for the input! My son has only been psychotic on and off the the last year and a half. I have noticed when he gave up pot, he was much better. Mental illness runs in my family so I can understand he has always had (dormant) Schizophrenia and the pot (he’s been smoking pot for nearly nine years) has triggered it.


#29

I wonder to what extent this had effected my life. It is kind of irrelevant though.

I know what I’m dealing with now (and I’m glad I’m not dead.)