My son had his first (severe and identifiable) psychosis about two years ago. He went straight onto anti-psychotics and made a very quick recovery. For the following two years, he has mostly NOT taken them, and has managed to function at a reasonable level. He can usually take care of himself in terms of housing and food. He has worked a little. But he has had suicidal ideation, for which he accepted anti-depressants, and a couple more psychotic episodes. This time he has been “sectioned” under the Mental Health Act.
He accepts that he has psychoses, though he is clear with me that he likes the religious convictions he gains from them (obviously he is manic to some extent), and he argues against taking anti-psychotics because he thinks the long-term effects may be unknown or too damaging. Whether that is his real reason or not is open to question.
In the UK, they CAN actually force him to take APs. I thought they couldn’t. But I just read the Mental Health Act, and they can. I would rather he was not forced, but I do think he is not going to live long WITHOUT them. If you knew what he has been doing lately, you’d think so too.
If you or your loved-one with sz take anti-psychotics, how long did it take you to accept that life would be better long-term on them? What were your reasons for accepting them?
Please don’t hijack this thread with anti-AP arguments - I know them. That’s not my question. I want to know people’s OWN reasons for taking them.