Hi all. I’m new to this forum. My daughter has been having visual and auditory hallucinations on and off since age 12. I believe it was triggered by a prescription medication called Tagamet. A few months ago she was dx schizophrenia spectrum before that it was schizoaffective disorder and started out psychosis nos. She just had borderline Intellectual functioning added to her dxs. I don’t agree with the BFI dx because she did test low normal IQ 93 on a different test previously.
At the age of 12 she was pretty normal besides anxiety and then the hallucinations started. When the hallucinations started she asked for help and demanded to be hospitalized. When she came out a few days later she was on lexapro and geodon. Later switched to abilify. But she was quite different. She started having behavioral problems at school, experimenting with drugs and risky sexual behavior. She was on abilify for 3 years. In and out of hospitals for suicidal ideation but they never changed her meds. They said her behavior was just the progression of her mental illness.
About 8 months ago she was finally switched to seroquel, clonidine and she takes benztropine for the seroquel side affects. She is doing much better. She is on a really low dose of seroquel still having some side affects. I would like to get her off the benztropine which would mean switching the AP. I also want to try Ritalin to help with school because she’s basically still at 7th grade level academically. She has been Dx with inattentive adhd since age 8. But maybe it wouldn’t be a good idea to switch since she’s doing so well. She does still talk to herself everyday. She pretends she’s on her cellphone. She also still has a little paranoid thoughts. Like feelings of being watched and fear of seeing more hallucinations and not knowing. Some of them seem normalish to me for someone like myself with anxiety. And I wonder with the Ritalin would the benefits out weigh the risk?
Also I think she may have had akathesia for a while from the abilify but her doctor disagrees.
These are just my thoughts on the medications and me trying to get some perspective on the last few years. Sorry if I’m all over the place.