Yes, I am extremely aware of the concerns my son has with the neuroleptic medications. This is why I have told him that I support his “decision” to not take them.
The psych meds have serious side effects- just like the meds he already has to take to keep his kidney transplant from being destroyed by his body. If you would like to read some side effects that are equally dangerous, and in some of the cases, more dangerous, take a look at the side effects from the immunosuppressive medications. My son doesn’t take a single med he hasn’t studied in great detail.
So, I, personally, do listen to my son’s concerns. I have supported his “decision” to not be medicated for several years. Currently, only he can “decide” if he wants to take on more risk of side effects or keep screaming his agony from the depths of hell, as he pleads for the abuse that isn’t really happening, to stop.
Because the abuse is as real to him as it is to someone who is really experiencing such abuse, I think his pleas to make it stop may deserve equal consideration.
He has chosen recently to attempt psych meds to alleviate some of his pain. I support that “decision” also.
My son has no awareness of his illness, how responsible he can be for his “decisions” is certainly a matter worthy of intense debate.