My son is almost 20 years old and has a long history of psychological problems. He has had panic attacks at an early age of 6, followed by compulsive behaviour, obsessive thoughts and hypochondria. He has had psychological counselling and has been to psychatric wards several times. He is currently at a clinic where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. They are giving him a number of atypical antipsychotics which have a number of side effects. I visited him last weekend and I was really scared when I saw the condition he is in: eyes blank, shaking, and very, very afraid and depressed.
Doctors believe that excessive Cannabis abuse started the psychosis 2 1/2 years ago, but because of all the problems he has had from the very beginning there is probably a genetic disposition.
I have always been worried about my son, but now I am downright scared. I wonder if he will ever be able to live a normal life. He still lives with me, but I am not well myself (I suffer from recurrent depression).