My sister as Disorganized SZ and she is pregnant. Initially diagnosed age 19 after attending a party with friends (drugs?). First diagnosis was Bipolar, Schizoaffective, and now upgraded to Disorganized SZ. I am concerned at all of the various diagnosis and how she is rapidly declining but she refuses treatment.
Anyway, she is pregnant and has been refusing prenatal treatment. She has been getting Abilify Mainena shots which I read can cause the baby to have drug withdrawl when born. She tried to abort then changed her mind, later tried to self abort. No one knows how far along she is because she denies that she is pregnant. Although, I believe she is about 5-6months pregnant. The suspected father also has SZ, although who knows if he is even the father. Previously she adopted out 2 healthy/normal children as I was to young to care for them. They are both well and in good families.
This time around I am considering fostering the child (cant afford adoption fee’s) but I am honestly afraid of the childs chances of being special needs. I have a degree in mental health and work in the field and it is very stressful in addition to raising my own children. I am not sure what my question is since I know that there is no way to really know what I am getting into until it happens. As a sister of a SZ person I can say that I have carried survivors guilt and shame. There was family history of trauma and abuse and I was told this was the trigger to her diagnosis. I am hoping that by bringing this child into a trauma free home that some how I can help the child to beat the 40% statistical chance of developing mental illness (both parents have SZ).
Maybe my question is if any of you have the same experience? Maybe im just ready for support for that survivors shame and guilt…although I am not without anxiety! Thanks for listening!