@Linda I think the problem is that if you ask your son directly if he hears voices, his response is likely to be no. My son told me that he quickly realized in the hospital (3 hospitalizations) that “no” was the correct answer to that question. A few weeks ago, when he was in another depressive state (not the current one), he volunteered the information that he heard voices and our conversation about this has gradually developed from that. A few days later out of the blue he said he wasn’t hearing voices anymore. I was feeling bold and said to him that I was sorry but that I did not believe that, but that I understood that we all have to protect ourselves. Then a few days later he said that he realized the voices were “not real” but were coming from him. I pointed out that whatever the source of the experience was that it must be quite “real” to him. I then let him know that I had read online that 30% of the people in the world hear voices at one time or another. A few hours later he came and asked me if I heard voices. I told him no, but there was nonetheless considerable cacophony in my head. I then mentioned that there were groups of voice hearers who got together. In all of these interactions I am not looking for an immediate response, I view it rather as planting seeds. Some of the techniques I am applying I learned from a class I took recently from Ron Unger on Udemy called “CBT for Psychosis”. The class is more intended for therapists, but he goes into enough specifics about technique that I find I can use it when communicating with my son.
@caregiver1 Thank you so much for hoping with me. My son was put on three different antipsychotics in three different hospital stays. Each time he abruptly stopped taking the medication on his discharge. I am of course praying that this is a breakthrough, but am savvy enough to know the road is long.