My daughter, age 32, has a diagnosis of schizoeffective disorder. She is relatively stable now. In the past, she was quite manic, shopping quite a bit and leaving and walking for hours, I think. I say I think since at the time I was working and she was home. Since my husband passed away, I had to work to care for us both. She does receive survivor benefits since she became ill before the age of 22.
What I see now, and usually I am patient, is severe OCD. She does not want to use a plastic cup more than once, will not recycle bottles since she says they are used, expired, one time use and that is it, and refuses to sit in the same room with me to eat. She also has some contamination issues with respect to clothing. It feels exhausting today, for some reason. We go tomorrow to see her psychiatrist. Does anyone else have a family member with these issues? If not, is there anything to recommend? Today, it feels like I am loosing it,and what put this over the top for me was the her not willing to recycle the bottles. As you know, she can’t be reasoned with at all. Thanks for listening.