My adult son was involuntarily committed 3 days ago. We summoned the Mobile Crisis Team where we live and they and/or the police who came with them created an Emergency Petition (EP) so that he could be taken to an ER.
He had stopped taking his meds and had become unresponsive due to voices. He touched a stranger and asked if the person was real, which led to a police report.
He was in the ER for 2 days until they could find a bed in a hospital. The transfer to the hospital with a psychiatric facility happened last night at 10:00 PM.
It’s been exactly 2 years since the first involuntary committal. What happens when the disease gets really bad is that he hears voices all the time. He stands around and stares ahead or at the floor. His face looks likes he’s having a intense conflict with something unseen.
I think we could have headed this off if my wife and I had been proactive about 6 weeks ago when the voices got worse. There were some adjustments do his meds by him and his psychiatrist, but nothing that erased the voices. If we could have persuaded him to voluntarily go to the hospital to get stabilized, the trauma of the involuntary commitment maybe wouldn’t have happened.
For 2 years I deluded myself into thinking that I didn’t have to worry (much) about his Sz because I thought it was being managed with his medications, which he had been compliant with.
I can see now that’s never going to be true. Or at least until maybe 5 years go by without debilitating symptoms, like you’d say is long enough for a cancer remission to last before you can be confident about the disease not returning.