I’m new to the forum and this is my first post. My fiancee and I have been together for 6 years, and he has just had his first major psychotic episode. I have seen him get paranoid and say delusional things about people having been in the house twice before, but it only lasted a few hours and it was after he had barely slept for a few days (he’s always suffered from insomnia and so far, nothing really works to make him sleep except xanax which is so addicting that he’s avoiding it). This time it got out of control and he threatened me and was hospitalized. They put him on Seroquel and Cymbalta, and Vistaril to sleep. He stayed in the hospital for five days and the meds seemed to be working. He did not voice any delusions while there or for the first day or so home. Then it started to seem like the meds were wearing off in the afternoon, and then earlier and earlier, and then it progressed to another full break with another hospitalization. This all in less than a week - home Friday, back in hospital Thursday. They changed him to Risperdal and Doxepin, and he seemed to be even better than before - more himself, less flat. Happy even. He was released Monday and was fine again for a few days and now the same thing, The meds seem to be wearing off earlier and earlier each day and he’s voicing more and more of the delusions. Went to pdoc today (early am while meds were still working) and told him this and he said that he hasn’t seen any of the psychosis and therefore hasn’t actually diagnosed sz, and that the meds wouldn’t work that fast to control the psychosis and he basically said he may have a personality disorder, which means he may be faking for attention. Of course the pdoc never sees him in the ER before they give him something to calm him down. I feel like the meds calm him down just enough to enable him to keep his mouth shut to get out of the hospital and then his tolerance starts to build after he gets home.
Has anyone had any similar experience? Do meds typically just not work at all for a while and then gradually start to work, or do they work right away for some people? Do I really have to consider the possibility that he’s faking? (Side note - his mother was diagnosed sz and committed suicide 2 years ago, so there is a genetic predisposition.) I have seen the fear in his eyes, and I just don’t think he could fake this.