My son has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia but is in denial. He admits to hearing voices but doesn’t think that’s unusual. He firmly believes that there is a person out to kill him. That’s his reality and nothing we tell him changes that.
He is currently in a residential treatment facility but will be discharged soon because there isn’t much more they can do since he is in denial.
I am concerned that he will have another paranoid episode when he comes home and I won’t be able to help him. I have gotten temporary guardianship for medical reasons since he is 19.
I have spent the last 6 months trying to learn everything I can about his diagnosis so I could understand what he is going through but this has caused more stress than ever for me. I feel so inadequate to help him.
My life has spiraled down and now I am experiencing panic attacks and depression. This is all just from knowing he will be home soon and I have no idea how to help him.
I don’t have any family that I can lean on. I feel very isolated right now.
I know that once he is home we will adjust but right now I am so afraid.