BACKGROUND: My 22 year old son has been struggling with schiz-like symptoms since early 2015, maybe longer. He had some psychosis at that time, was treated by a psychiatrist and counselor and cared for at home. He was doing well until late 2016, when he had a second psychotic episode and injured me badly with a knife. This resulted in arrest and a year spent in the county jail, where he got medication for his symptoms and no other treatment. He successfully pled NGRI to first degree assault with a deadly weapon and was remanded to the state hospital for an undetermined time.
He is doing well now after 6 months of care and treatment and really, it is the best place he could be. He is amenable to medications and working hard with the therapists and staff. He still has a poor understanding of his illness and what will be required before he can even think of being discharged, but he’s absolutely a delight to visit with right now. He doesn’t talk much, if at all with me about his symptoms, etc and we have not yet discussed the knife attack except he knows I forgive him and I love him.
I visit weekly and we talk by phone several times a week. While it is a pleasure to see him so happy and well adjusted (on the outside), I don’t know much about the process of restoring sanity so he isn’t considered a danger to others.
QUESTION: Are there any others out there with similar stories? I’d like to learn more about just how the process works. I know a bit about the routines and levels of independence that are in place, but am curious about medications and how they ready someone for life outside the hospital and how long that may take.
We live in Washington state.