Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

My son has Paranoid Schizophrenia and stopped taking an effective medication

My son is always reaching out for quick fixes that he discovers on the Internet. He stopped taking Clozaril which has been effective for 5 yrs. He is into a technique called Releasing in which can attain everything by just letting go of negative thoughts. Instant money, romance etc with this simple technique. Is there any way to show him that this is magical thinking and will never hem him succeed in life w/o meds and therapy?

You can try tallking to him about this and say it’s probably not the best course of action by showing him the people that make money out of those ideas, but maybe he’ll just have to learn the lesson by himself. Sucks to know, I’m sorry you have to go through that, stuff like law of attraction is very dangerous for the psychotic mind.

Best of luck.

There are none so blind as those who will not see. It might be hard to get your son to see reality. Keep chipping away at his delusions. Your son probably sees “releasing” as the answer to his problems, and anyone who interferes with that just wants him to be unhappy. Watch for moments of lucidity and receptivity in your son. Try to reason with him. It’s conceivable that he might have to go to the hospital.

I used to think that if I just believed I wasn’t sick I would be fine. I was obsessed with the movie the secret and I thought it had connection to the free masons

I recommend asking him why he started looking for something other than the Clozaril, see if you can get him to open up about any issues he might have been having with it, or if he is willing to discuss those issues with his pdoc.

What can happen often is that someone has problems with their current medication, and so goes off of it, but having gone off of it, they start to lose their grip on reality, while also struggling with withdrawal symptoms.

But at the heart of this matter, in that situation, is that they had a problem with the medication in the first place. Also be aware that some things, some people don’t feel comfortable talking about with loved ones, which can lead to trying to find another way on their own.

For example, if a medication leaves him unable to orgasm, he probably doesn’t want to talk about that with his parent.

Thank you all for your responses. Very good ideas. Was able to get him to go to his psych. for a meeting after missing several using leverage re using his car. And also for a check up with a Dr .

I had to use my son’s car as leverage too. It ended in a week-long hospitalization…but he is now on medication.

Suggest he do both, Clozaril and Releasing. I like the analogy of having 4 bowling pins, one in each corner on the room. Would you try and knock down all 4 pins with one bowling ball? Or would you use as many bowling bowls as you can. Basically why rely on just one treatment, when you can use as many treatment options as you can think of. If it includes your son’s “releasing” then let him be with that. Explaining this analogy to him may help him to be more open to using both. I hope it helps.