Almost one year ago my husband started the mental health road with schizoaffective disorder. Well, actually as a veteran he suffered from PTSD years before that and had the traumatic childhood, but things got more than he could handle in the last year with visual and auditory hallucinations Some turning into commands to harm others. He ended up being admitted to inpatient for treatment for about 4 months (end of August until Christmas). Respirdone and Wellbutrin and prazosin were the main drugs to keep him stable. Of course with those medications he gained weight and his ability to maintain focus dwindled.
Two weeks ago he had a small episode (12 hours) if minor visual hallucinations of black spots. The VA was less than helpful in getting him seen so our pcp upped his respirdone. Things were seriously “back to normal” until this morning when the visual and auditory hallucinations came back. He had yet to have commands but it was the same “person” as before and my husband was proactive as well as scared of where this episode would take him. He’s now at the hospital awaiting for an inpatient Transfer.
Last month his pcp (civilian outside the VA) let him try adderall for both his concentration and weight loss. The dr was well aware of his mental health and the meds (he is also a vet and a served as an Army dr while active). I can’t help but think the Adderall is part of the problem in this new “episode”
Myself, I’m a mess. I’m trying to hold it together but as his spouse, caregiver, and mother of our toddler children. My kids had an exceptionally hard time with the last time and I’m afraid of what this time will be for them. I keep telling myself that this time maybe it will be a quicker stay. Of course he was the primary financial provider which also makes it difficult, but is the last of my worries when his mental health is at steak with that of myself and kids.
Any guidance, support, or thoughts on the adderall, helping him and my kids I’d really appreciate it.