I’m struggling to try and help my son. He’s age 30 and has been dx as schizoaffective/bipolar type. He’s also very much against taking medications. So, I’m thinking about getting him to try supplements, but I know little about them, their effects, or benefits, or how one takes them (most efficient and effective ways). I’ve tried looking in the other forums, but I still get a bit lost and off track. I presume several different supplements can be taken together if needed, but as for which ones, I have no clue. So, I would ask in anyone in this forum has any resource I can access or can point me to something that might offer me a path towards enlightenment. I truly need the help. Part of the concern is that I’m aging and at 69 years of age, I am getting to the point where I might need caregiving vs. being a caregiver. I have physical issues developing from getting older though my mental state is relatively fine. There is the occasional forgetting a name or a word that I want to use, but usually that comes to me after a while.
What I think he needs are supplements that can at least arrest any further deterioration, that can mitigate his anxieties, clam his mania, and possibly help with reducing his delusional state - he covers the full spectrum here - paranoid, grandeur, reference, you name it.
I’m kind of on the fence about the typical AP drugs. I’ve seen the weight gain, the TD, and other undesirable effects. And, rarely have I seen much improvement in his condition from any of the meds he has taken. He has been on Invega (injections), Zyprexa, Seroquel, Buspro, Vraylar, and others I don’t remember, but have difficult to pronounce names.
If you were to ask what symptom(s) would I most like to fix, I would say the manic behavior. That’s where he is most aggressive, belligerent, and actually dangerous to himself and others. I can handle the delusions. I’m having much more difficulty handling the physical confrontations. And, he won’t go to see a psych doc.
Thanks for any suggestions and references. Or, my apologies if I overstepped the bounds of common decency.