My son was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia a couple of years ago and is now in his late 20’s. I have talked and continue talk with many Psychiatrists, Medical Professionals (Everything), however, I feel his illness is progressing and I have yet to seek help/input from others on a forum like this, who have a family member who they love and care for so much, with the same mental-illness. He usually is up all night screaming/crying/sending text messages to his contact which mainly just contain his thoughts and he is not necessarily looking for a response and if he does get a response he usually will not acknowledge it and text another paragraph of a time in his life in which he was mistreated. It is very sad and we are taking all the professional help/advice we can get. I am currently trying a new specialist who will meet with him next week, however, I fear this appointment will not change his acceptance to take medicine or acceptance of his mental-illness.
He will consistently yell at all of us (his family members) whenever we try to intervene him yelling to himself about everything that has ever gone wrong in his past. He will call us names, tell us how much he hates us but sometimes the day after he will say, “sorry I love you” (which is very hard for him to say). We all realize this is not his fault and he can not help it.
Also, he remembers EVERYTHING. For example, the color shirt he was wearing in high school when he “did poorly on a standardized test.”
When his symptoms were not as severe he would take his medication and it did help, A LOT! However, he became more and more paranoid and started refusing help. The nightly problems (above) eventually became too much for the neighbors to handle and my son was picked up by police and ended up in psych hospital. Now, a big portion of his crying and yelling to himself is that incident and I am afraid it will happen again and the cycle will restart itself. Mainly it has become more severe in his complete refusal to take meds, increased paranoia, very delusional (like everyone is out to get him and nobody wants to see him succeed) etc.
Everyone in this family loves him so much and its so sad to see him live like this… living through the portions of the past where he was treated in a negative way, failed a test or was called a name in grade school etc…
I hope the new specialist can help because it hurts so much to hear him cry very loudly all night; talking to himself.
If anyone has had a family member with this illness who refused to take his medication and denied his illness, please advise of any suggestions that can help with any of the above.