How do your loved ones, who struggle with Schizophrenia, do during the Winter Solstice Holidays?
This year my 49-year- old son decided to have dinner at the group home he has lived in for the past 3 years.
He decided not to make a big deal of Thanksgiving.
" It’ s just a day," he said.
The first winter storm dropped over a foot of snow.
I was relieved not to make the hour drive.
I was relieved not to have to cheer lead him into normalcy. Coping with SZ is not normal.
I am concerned that the meds he takes now have side effects that have have stolen his JOY and Creativity.
He used to draw and make music all the time.
Not any more.
Yes, he is subdued on meds;
less violent, still has times of swearing uncontrollably, still has psychotic episodes with homicidal ideation.
Gets very scared and very angry.
Recently he opened up to me during a psychotic episode and talked about the harsh voices he was hearing, paranoia with staff and wanting to kill someone.
After asking many times over the years, he has never given permission for me to talk with any health care providers.
He doesn’t feel well many days and struggles to get through the hours.