Mine graduated from college in 4 years, did a term abroad his third year, and completed one major and 3 minors during the four years finishing with a 3.4. Chemistry, higher maths, English, he could do them all really well. After college he drifted down into lower and lower level jobs, changing jobs frequently, complaining no one liked him, but always working.
He went to grad school and was unsuccessful for the first time. He found himself unable to speak at times and began calling me to tell me people were looking at him all the time. Sometimes I think they do draw attention from their behaviors which just reinforces their paranoia issues.
He had to have surgery for a physical condition that he continues to take medicine for every day. The night after his surgery was the first time we know that he heard voices. At the time the doctors thought the meds were the problem. They also thought the surgery had caused him to
"regress". Later when I asked for a psych reference to help him they suggested someone who was experienced with PTSD.
To get him on his feet, once again,we set him up in an apartment near a college and he studied to become a pharmacy technician. Originally he had studied to be a medical doctor. They just keep spiraling downward don't they? Somehow, he completed the course and was hired as a hospital pharmacy technician.
At first it went well, they gave him a good 3 month review, it went downhill quickly after that as his psychosis become more and more of an issue.
HIs psychiatrist saidhe still has his cognitive abilities - on the days he can access them, which are fewer and fewer as time goes on.
He got disability on the first attempt, I did the paperwork for him. Since he always worked low level jobs he also qualified for ssi. Thank goodness, that gives him medicare and medicaid which pays for his expensive meds for his physical condition.