My son was diagnosed with Schizophrenia 3 years ago. He has only been hospitalized once, and it was a traumatic experience for him. The decision to have him hospitalized was very difficult a few years ago. After he got out of the hospital he started taking a shot once a month. He improved so much during the six months after being released (or so I thought). About a year ago he started using Meth. He said this made him feel normal and helped him socialize in situations he would normally just shrink in. Late last year he called and said he wanted to move to the state I was living in so he would get away from the Meth culture. He did really good for about 2 months, and then went back to our home state and started using again. He moved back and forth between my house and places in our home state for several months. After a violent outburst where he threatened to hurt me I had to ask him to move out. I have an 11 year old at home that I was scared for. When he moved out he went to stay with my elderly father. Since he has been there he has destroyed my dad’s house, threatened my dad and had become increasingly psychotic. This week he has started taking walks. The problem is these walks end up with him lost in the country, freezing and confused. My dad just picked him up at 2 in the morning this morning after he had been walking. He had walked through the country, through pastures, on private property. His phone died so he found a house that no one was home in, and used their garage to get warm and charge his phone to call my dad. He could have been shot for entering private property! At the very least he could have been arrested for trespassing.
Sorry for the long post but I am at a horrible impasse where I am trying to decide if he needs to be hospitalized again. If I mention anything to him about it, he will be very volatile. I don’t want to see him hospitalized before Christmas, but I am afraid he will hurt himself or my dad.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.