Besides having schizophrenia, my son also has anxiety. He was first diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder when he was about five years old, if you can believe that! At the time, I really didn’t think GAD was a serious thing. I’ve learned a lot about childhood diagnoses, though, since his devastating diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia in 2013. He was also diagnosed with ADD in grade school, third grade, and put on Ritalin. At that time, early ‘90s, I thought ADD was overdiagnosed, even though I knew nothing about it. ADD was changed to ADHD in the DSM. My son’s problem wasn’t his behavior and he wasn’t hyperactive. He had/has ADHD (inattentive type). And now, years later, he has schizophrenia.
For several months now he’s been having these rages in the morning. He wakes up, comes downstairs, and begins his day by yelling loudly, knocking things around, stomping around, sometimes breaks things and is mean to everyone. It’s very stressful for all. I’m not sure what’s causing this. Could it be his anxiety? He seems very agitated and he sort of shuffles his feet and shakes himself, looks like he’s trying to shake it off, hard to describe. He’s angry and frustrated, and seems uncomfortable. This has never been a problem before. His entire life, until schizophrenia took hold, he was known for being even tempered; kind, considerate, polite, loving and caring and above all mellow. I don’t know how to help him anymore because apparently, questions aren’t allowed. He got mad at me once just for saying How are you? I wonder if something’s happening with his medications. He gets the Invega sustenna shot once a month. And in pill form he takes Depakote as an adjunct to the antipsychotic, Paxil for anxiety, and the newest one is mamentide, something like that, which is given to Alzheimer’s patients! I hate that he has to be on all these medications!
Has anyone else here seen behavior like this in the morning? He settles down and is better throughout the day for the most part, but mornings are hell!