I just wanted to share that 6 years into his schizophrenia illness, my son (now 22) is doing amazingly well. I want to visit here and give a hopeful message to other family members. I remember in those dark days when he was early in his illness, I used to read posts on this forum but found it so depressing that I had to stop. If you are a family member reading this, know that it is not all dark and hopeless!
My son has been consistently taking meds, finished high school, taking classes at community college, and driving for Uber ( what a great job for someone who has trouble getting a job!) He has friends! He still lives at home and depends on us a lot, and he has some difficult times and still has some symptoms. But he seems to be content with his life and we enjoy being together as a family.
I just want people to know that many people do get better, much better.
Take care, my heart is with all of you who are on this journey!