>> I cannot find on this website - or any other - a place to go to get support from other families who have dealt with this. Could someone recommend a way I might find a support group for the parents/families of young people with schizophrenia? <<
I am the father of a beautiful, generous, creative, sensitive, intelligent and thoughtful college-age son. In the past couple of months my son has exhibited a series of peculiar and worrying behaviors. The thought that he might have developed - or might be developing - a serious mental illness occurred to me, and on one occasion I talked to him about it. He said that he thought he was developing schizophrenia. We arranged for some general counseling (non-psychiatric) through his college. He felt that it was not helpful. Tonight we received a call in which he expressed a paranoid anxiety so disconnected from reality that the hair on the back of my neck stood up and the full weight of the situation he and we are in became impossible to avoid any longer. I have been doing research online for hours - this site is wonderful - and it is getting clear to me that we need to get my son a professional psychiatric evaluation immediately. We will do that. This is terrifying, I don’t want to make the mistake of trying to deal with it on my own. Thank you.