This is my first time posting, but I’m not getting the answers I need quick enough. My spouse has recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia, he has been experiencing hallucinations for a few years but recently his symptoms have gotten a lot worse and severely impact his functioning day to day. After going to the emergency room during a catatonic episode, his psychiatrist finally prescribed him with risperdol and he’s been taking 1mg for about a month now. Which is too low a dose to really do anything, but it’s a new medication and all. He hasn’t been able to see his psychiatrist to increase it, and his next appointment is not for another two weeks.
But his symptoms have recently gotten a lot worse, particularly delusions about being watched and followed for a scientific study, but also difficulty speaking and concentrating in school. I’m worried that he’s not getting treatment soon enough, and if his delusions continue to increase he’s not going to be able to function either at home or outside.
For example, he just walked into the living room and said, “I tried to get the chip out of my head, but I couldn’t so I gave up.” Apparently he was scratching his head to try to remove a tracking chip he thinks was embedded there, after hearing drilling near his ear. He’s also just announced that he won’t eat because the food in our house is tainted.
I’m not sure what I should do. Should we just keep going day to day until his next appointment, or should we seek out more immediate treatment? I haven’t found anything online that really helps with this situation.