My son, who I’ve posted about before, gets very angry when my husband and I go away. We come home to broken TV’s, smashed phone, holes in walls, etc. He admits he gets angry, I guess because we leave him. He is 28, dx schitzophrenia, and won’t take meds. It’s so frustrating , as we are retired and want to travel some. I’ve tried to get him to go talk to someone about anger management, but he won’t. Another thing is he has a headmate that is his girlfriend…he collects stuff for her, like my pink apron, daughters clothes. Recently he ordered a pair of toddler girl sneakers… He really needs to be hospitalized… but he hasn’t “hurt himself or others” . So tired of this…
The hands down best way is to build him apartment in your back yard or a used RV in the back, lock up when you leave…
Have you read about LEAP and tried it? You can read about it at leapinstitute.org and read the related book “I Am Not Sick; I Don’t Need Help”. Have you ever gone to a support group such as NAMI or at least looked at their website NAMI.org? There is lots of information available to us to help our loved ones with SZ. It is not easy, I know. Persons with SZ who do not take meds are usually unable to realize that they are sick. Logical reasoning for them to take meds does not work. You have to use another strategy or get them involuntarily committed long enough to get on the right med where they can possibly start gaining insight. Has he ever been hospitalized? There may come a time when he is “a danger to himself or others” and you have to be ready for that. Do you have a written history of his mental illness to help PROVE that he needs to be hospitalized and kept more than 48 or 72 hours?
I always feel so sad for people going thru this.
Will your son get on SSI? How do you feel about becoming a guardian of him? I think becoming my son’s guardian was the best decision for both of us. He was too sick at the time that he didn’t really track what was going on, later he had some resentment, but I shudder to think what would have happened in the past few years if he hadn’t had me fighting hard to get to treatment that worked for him. Now I think he understands that he can rely on me to make some important decisions for him with his best interest in mind.
I have not had my son live with me for some time. I was fortunate to be able to purchase a place that he can “rent” from me (using SSI money). He did some damage there, it was stressful, but not nearly as bad as it would have been when if he had lived with me. I am there almost daily, but on the whole our interactions are now positive. And I am planning a week-long vacation later this month! Last year was the first time in a while I had been able to do that, I was quite anxious about it, but he did quite well.
He actually does live in a rental we have. An older mobile home. He comes over to our place because of better amenities , when we are gone. I think we are going to stop this and put a security system in. He does get SSI. We are not guardians though. We charge him rent. Not much though. His place is a wreck . Any change puts him in a tizzy. So frustrating, if only he would take meds.
Yes, we go to NAMI meetings. I have heard of LEAP, but need to review it. He tried to purchase a hand gun the other day. Luckily he didn’t have 2 forms of ID as he lost his passport. My husband went back and told the store of his history. The guy said he would never pass the background test as he’s been in institutions. He desperately needs to be in hospital, but " until he harms himself or others " there’s not much we can do. I am away now with my daughter who had major surgery. Me being away has thrown his world into pieces also. Hate this disease.
I understand your frustration with the system re: involuntary commitment. I write my elected officials when there is a key vote that affects persons with SMI coming up. (NAMI makes it easy with links to form letters you can customize if you are getting their newsletters.)
I’m glad you can be with your daughter. I expect she is glad to have you close and I hope her surgery went well. Our “other” children need us, too!
Yes, try LEAP. It is a start and hope, even if it happens in baby steps and it really doesn’t cost anything except our time and intentional commitment to use it (and cost to order the book).