It appears likely that my son who was hospitalized after a suicide attempt will be released tomorrow. He has engaged a public defender to petition for his release and the social worker told me this morning that she thought it likely that the decision would fall in his favor because he is so lucid and says all the right things. He has been on Abilify for one week and I know to my very depths that he needs to stay on medication and stay connected to psychiatric care. I have read Dr. Amador’s book and watched his videos and am wrapping my head around how to get someone to take medication when they do not believe they need it.
I had a thought and I was wondering if perhaps someone here had tried a similar method. I take a few supplements and am on hormone replacement therapy. I am thinking to put these “medications” on public view in the kitchen in order to normalize their use. Has anyone tried something similar? And how HAVE you handled the taking of medication if your loved one is staying with you? Do you check the bottle? Do you watch them take it? This is completely new territory for me and it is actually too bad in a way that my entire family prides themselves on not needing medication (even my parents who are well into their eighties are medication free.) Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
(On a side note, I apologize that I feel ill equipped to respond to other people’s posts here. There are several that have come through today that tear at my heart, but I am afraid to contribute because I don’t want to mislead someone. Perhaps I just need to say I am so sorry. I find myself saying that a lot these days.)