Hi @Hanginginthere and everyone else. I thought I would answer your message here so that anyone following this can get the update too. It is very kind of you to ask after my son.
After my son was refused his request for discharge the psychiatrist “cut a deal” with my son whereby he would be released if he agreed to an Invega Sustena shot. My son received the first dose 9 days ago and the second 6 days ago (apparently when starting on this monthly AP injectable two doses are given, the second stronger than the first). He had been given Risperidone up until then and apparently if you react well to the Risperidone then you should be ok with the Invega. They released him the day they gave him the second shot. He left the hospital with a prescription for Wellbutrin (bupropion), an anti depressant, as well as Depakote (sodium valproate) which is used to treat epileptic seizures, but is also a so-called mood stabilizer. They also scheduled him for follow up appointments with a therapist, a psychiatrist and the surgeon. So really the hospital did an amazing job as far as I am concerned.
It’s been a bumpy road at home, but I am feeling more hopeful then I have in the last ten years. He started out refusing the meds, and then took three times the dose of the anti-depressant when I wasn’t looking. At least he was honest about it. I am now dispensing the medication and as far as I know he is taking it. The Wellbutrin is definitely holding back the worst of the hopelessness, but I don’t understand why they have given him the Depakote. If we can make it to the first psychiatric appointment med compliant, it will be a big win in my book.
He is still obsessing over the chains. He has bought several with my money since he has been home. I believe he is suffering from OCD as well as having psychosis, but I don’t think the people at the hospital fully grasped his obsessive state. I have read that Prozac can be effective in treating obsessive thinking, so I am hoping that they may change him over to that from the Wellbutrin. Also hoping they will get him off of the Depakote as I have read that is for the manic phase of bipolar. I don’t see my son as suffering from mania. I am planning on writing a letter detailing some of this to bring with us to the psychiatric appointment in nine days.
The Invega does seem to be doing its job. It makes me realize that a lot of my sons peculiar behaviors (cheese in the socks, spilling everything all over the place, pacing, muttering) were all part of the psychosis. I would happily live without those for the rest of my life.
Gotta run, I hear him sobbing.