I found this community last night while being up all night with my Wife who has SZA. I am glad I found it so I can talk to people who can understand what I am going through.
Also sorry for the long post, but I figure details help.
My wife was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder about 3 years ago, she also has a history of substance abuse, which she has been clean and sober for years now. When she was first diagnosed she was put on Invega pills and then ultimately shes was transferred over to the monthly injection at 237mg (sorry if that’s wrong) I know it’s the highest dosage. It had honestly given her back her life. She was symptom free aside from small break throughs that would last maybe an hour.
This lasted for 3 + years.
About 4 months ago she woke up and I could tell very quickly that something was terribly wrong. As she put it to me “the voices are back and at full volume”. She and I have joked about the crowd in there, but this hasn’t been a joke. It has been relentless for 4 months.
Her doctor tried adding abilify and dose adjusting etc. All while still getting her shot every month. At one point the side effects either from the abilify or the combination got to a point that she had a 6 week instead of a 4 week interval on her shot along without any abilify, her doctor was letting the abilify wash out, to let things stabilize.
At the end of that 6 weeks she was almost back to her old self. She got her shot which she and I talked to her doctor about, we were a little apprehensive because she was doing well.
She ended up getting it and within 72 hrs. She was getting much more intense voices that where louder then ever, she talks to them having full conversations out loud which she never has had and is miserable.
She just wants peace and quiet in her head. I want my wife back. We dont know what to do or what to ask at this point.
Through all of this she has continued to work and function ok, but it is taking its toll on us both.
Any help is appreciated and sorry for the long post.