My 32 year old son has shown signs of schizophrenia for approx. 5 years, the physios symptoms are non existent for the past year presently.
His biggest symptom is what I have Dr. Googled as “Poverty of Speech” and the flat effect - he basically will not speak unless spoken to, has no expression, delay in answering questions, looks confused if he has to think of a response and a lot of the responses are almost canned. For instance, I may ask him why he has not had any involvement with friends in years and his answer would be " I have been in school". The weird thing is he CAN speak, it’s not like he can’t, he just doesn’t. If he wants something and needs to argue for it the words flow out no problem. If he is at a family function, he will not speak a word to anyone. He hasn’t seen friends for years, or done anything that’s age appropriate for him unless it’s with his father and myself, which is fine, but would rather see him out with his own age group. If he is not with us, he is by himself.
He has just agreed to medication (Abilify) which I am hoping will help with the non verbal aspect of this symptom.
Can anyone share their stories about this?
Thanks for your time!