I have a 20 year old daughter with a preliminary schizophrenia diagnosis. She had her first break in October, which lasted about two weeks, and her second break in March. Unfortunately, the second one was more severe and lasted until mid-June. She’s been hospitalized twice for a week each time since October and has spent eight weeks in jail since March.
This has been so overwhelming for everyone as it was completely unexpected. It’s like everything about her personality is opposite of what it used to be. She claims that she’s taking her medication in jail, but i have no way of verifying that. She is definitely much calmer and hasn’t said anything strange in a couple of weeks. She goes to court soon and has asked if we will bail her out and let her come home. Obviously, I don’t want my daughter to be in jail. However, I’d be lying if i said i wasn’t nervous. I’m so worried about what will happen when she’s released. Honestly, my stress level has been less while she’s been in jail.
I’m looking for advice on how to set realistic boundaries. I’d love to make medication compliance a condition, but i don’t know if that’s realistic. Also, I’ve been told that we need a safety plan if we’re going to let her come home. Has anyone successfully made one and what type of things did you include.
Thanks for any advice. This is all new to us. Still trying to learn to navigate it. We’ve been going to a NAMI support group and are planning on taking the Family to Family Class.