My son is nearly 25. He has been unwell since he was 18. He has been a regular pot smoker since he was 16. He has been diagnosed over and over but refuses to accept it. He believes those that diagnosed him are mentally sick. He lives at home due to bail conditions (as a result of a psychotic episode). He attends court like a homeless person. He has gone 10 days without a shower or changing his clothes. His room is trashed. He is very angry with all authority. He is paranoid of others. He doesn’t leave his room and his TV has become interactive with him. He is aggressive verbally to me at times and feels no love or support from me at others, although my life revolves around trying to love and support him. He has just decided after 11 years that he doesn’t like or trust my partner. Basically, he has all the signs and symptoms of schizophrenia but thinks he’s fine. He will only take Seroqual (thankfully an anti-psychotic medication) at night to help him get some sleep. He has refused all other medications.
I am at my wits end. I do not want to see him go into hospital involuntarily. I don’t want to be responsible making that decision as I’m his only support. I have tried to get him into a couple of private hospitals (which he is willing to go to have a break) and they have refused him because of his aggression. He is in the too hard basket. He is not a danger to himself or others so no one will schedule him. He just goes under the radar.You know what? I’ve done everything I can think of. I give it to God! I guess I just needed to talk to someone, (even if it is to a computer). My son needs to accept his diagnosis and no one, including me, can make him change his mind. He has to want to change. He has to change is attitude. It breaks my heart but what can I do? There are no support groups in my area so this is it! Thanks for listening