My partner has schizophrenia and has done since he was 15/16, he is now 28. We live together and are due to get married this year, me being his main care giver.
He has a full time job and over the last year or so he has had his episodes (hallucinations, voices etc) more frequently on a monthly basis. He was on Olanzapine 20mg last year. We had a few problems with the psychiatrist that he saw and didn’t think she was right for him and we managed to get transferred to another who was ten times better. He has started him on aripiprazole 10mg to hopefully transfer onto eventually, as long as he copes well. He also takes sertraline, diazepam plus N Acetyl L Cysteine and sarcosine.
He is currently having one of his episodes and we are both struggling with what to do. (He has previously gone three months without an episode). The hospital system is completely flawed and there is no support for people when they are going through episodes. The last time he went into the mental health unit, was NOT a good experience and we achieved nothing- only a whole day wasted sitting in a&e and then the mental health ward!!
I cannot understand why there is nothing to help people in a crisis. Why there is not someone who can be on call for people in need? Why the mental health team do not understand the reality of the situation? Why people with mental illness are left to fend for themselves?
Makes you start to think about the poor people with mental illness who commit suicide…because there is no support for them. And for the people that have no family for support.
I was wondering what others in the UK have experienced? Whether anyone knows of someone that we could ask for help?