Isn’t if funny (not really) that children w/schiz can be really sick but also have the ability to fool the doctors? My daughter was placed in the same institution 3 times before the staff realized she was fooling them. They always praise her for her insight into the disease and how intelligent she is (which is true). And she would promise the moon and be so believable. The second time she was being released, they praised her so much that I finally said “What about her issues with her ex-husband?” They hadn’t heard anything about that and started questioning her about it. She started showing her illness and got so mad at the psychiatrist, she threw a pen at him! The next time they kept her 38 days because they finally saw how well she could manipulate them! Upon release, she went back to her addictions on day one.
For those of us with no money, there are no treatments for our children. My daughter has been hospitalized over 30 times. She’s jumped off a balcony twice. First time she was totally psychotic and broke her back in 3 places. The second time she was mad because I was calling the police and she took a flying leap off the balcony and broke her pelvis in 3 places. In earlier years she tried to commit suicide 3 or more times. Now she knows if she doesn’t succeed, she’ll surely be in the hospital for a while. Every place that we could possibly afford will not take schizophrenia as a dual diagnosis.
I found the perfect place for her to go. It is a long term facility that costs $18,000 a month for the first 2 months and around $8000 later. Who can afford that? But I dream of her having a treatment like that.
From what I’ve read, most of us are in the same situation. I feel for you Hereandhere. My daughter is 28. When your son is out of control, call the police. That’s the only way I could get her help. You feel horrible, but that is what you have to do. My daughter did things like throwing her TV, cutting the doors in the house or burning herself. Not all the times were like that. Mostly I would take her to her outpatient facility. They would tell me not to, but I did it anyway. She would cause a scene and they would call the police. These are just short fixes, but that’s better than nothing.
Good luck to all you precious caregivers.