Thank you for all of your frank and open discussions here, I found this site last night and spent 2 hours just reading and learning as my 24 year old son was diagnosed yesterday with schizophrenia. He has “checked himself in” to a state run psychiatric hospital after calling the police because his phone was telling him to. This is his third hospitalization within two years. Each time he has gone into psychosis, at least one involved marijuana. I live in Pennsylvania and he lives in Virginia and that is a challenge as I try to help him.
Do any of you have adult children who don’t live near you? How do you manage their care? I want to be his advocate and visit with him, but I can’t take off work and drive down there on a regular basis. The last time this happened I tried to do that, and twice when I got down there he refused to see me. When he did see me, all he did was beg me to get him out of there. We did bring him home after he was discharged but after he was stabilized he insisted on moving back to Virginia because his “support network” of friends are all there.
If anyone has any experience or advice for me, I would be so appreciative. I have a conference call scheduled with the social worker and doctor tomorrow morning (Thursday) and don’t even know what questions to ask. I want to make the best use of my time with them, as I have learned that it isn’t easy to get ahold of my son’s caseworkers in between scheduled meetings/calls.
Of course I have a million other questions and am an emotional wreck, but this is my immediate and urgent need. I am so grateful for this forum and all of you who are so open about your own experiences with this baffling disease.