I feel like I’ve hit a wall with my sibling with schizophrenia (who lives with me), and I just don’t know what to do to help anymore. He had a relapse a few months ago and spent a month as an in-patient after we had him involuntarily committed, which was badly needed and helpful in the short term. He was actually himself again the night he was released, more himself than I’d seen him in a year. Then, he abruptly stopped taking the high dose benzo he was on, and within a week he was spending all day ranting and singing in the basement. Cut forward a week and I was able to get a new prescription and appointment with his doctor, which stopped the ranting but that’s about it.
It’s been weeks with the new doses and he is nowhere near where he was when he first got out. It’s heartbreaking that he was finally back, and talking about starting school again, and then it all just went to hell. He is actually linked to care now which is a positive, with a community treatment order and monthly visits, but the thing now is that he laughs and mutters to himself constantly. He managed to get a part time job but was shortly let go, I assume because of the strange behaviour. Apart from that he’s totally functional and taking care of himself, which makes it harder to understand what’s happening and how to work on it. He seems happy but he’s going to have a very hard time moving forward with his goals related to school and work if this current behaviour can’t be helped.
Has anyone been through this? He’s taking his medications and doing mostly well apart from the laughter/muttering, and I just don’t know what to do to help.