I am the youngest of three boys, aged 24, born March 12th 1990. Upon my birth, my mother developed what I’ve been told as Schizophrenia. She was once a slim, slender, gorgeous and almost model-like. Since then, she has put on a considerable amount of weight, became very depressed and started taking medication to battle her problems. She struggles with hearing voices, most of which are bad or harmful. They speak of rape, killing and other harmful things most of the time. She yells and shouts at them and screams at the top of her lungs to leave her alone and to go away but sometimes they can even be humouras and funny as she tends to laugh at nothing when she is alone.
My mother is non responsive and is usually lost in her own world. She doesn’t respond to the call of her name or to someone trying to get her attention, it usually takes a couple of attempts to get her to pay attention. She sometimes becomes paranoid saying people are trying to harm her, my father is cheating on her and several other things.
When she would take her medication, mainly Zyprexa(sp?) she would be just fine and return to normal, engaging in conversations, cleaning the house and taking care of things, however, lately her medication hasn’t been working and she just wanders around the house, looking for something to do. She doesn’t enjoy playing games, watching TV, talking to people or anything for that matter. She just wanders back and forth as if she’s looking for something and when asked what she is looking for, she just replies “I’m bored.” but she refuses to entertain herself. The only thing that she seems to enjoy is smoking cigarettes, something she’s been doing as long as I’ve been alive. She doesn’t enjoy being at home and she sometimes wanders off outside, walking the streets or just standing at corners. She constantly speaks of running away to different places and asks for money to do so. She’s even gone as far as stealing money from me and my brothers to buy cigarettes and to take off to god knows where.
This is the worst she’s been in a long time and I don’t know what to do or how to handle this right now. I’ve tried talking to her, engaging in conversations and tried getting her into a game or a book, all to no avail. I can’t entirely blame this on the fact that I’ve lost touch with most of my life but it’s definitely impacting it. I’ve been trying to take care of her for a long time and watching over her has become a struggle. I would love some assistance, help and assurance with dealing with her.
Is this even Schizophrenia she is dealing with? If not, what is it and how can I help?