My son still doesn’t recognize why he’s gone to the hospital.
When he was evaluated by our local crisis team & transported by the police, he says he was arrested for trying to pay for a hug.
When he’s went directly to the hospital after not sleeping for days, it’s not that he needed to sleep, but that he told me that just because he wanted to go to the hospital to hang out.
However, I had an a-ha moment today. All his talk of being psychic, having ESP, astral projection, seeing through other people’s/animals eyes, etc, is his way of describing his hallucinations and voices. Maybe it should have been obvious to me because I’m feeling like a dummy for not figuring this out before.
Yesterday, he said, you know, sometimes I have people talking in my head (always famous people he can name, so it doesn’t scare him & they don’t tell him to do things. It’s just like conversations.) I told him that could be hearing voices. He didn’t agree, so I said I could be wrong and let it go.
Today, he asked me what a hallucination would be like. I said I don’t know. I guess it’s anything that you see but other people don’t. He was sure everyone else in the hospital saw what he could see because they clapped or commented on it. I’m guessing that was more of a hallucination.
On a positive note, he said he hasn’t seen things since he since a couple hospital stays back, and the voices aren’t there all the time. I guess he’s making very slow progress.
For those of you with family members who lack insight, have have they explained their symptoms?