I meant my son is very different from me - in some ways.
But, I’ve been called a cold-hearted b---- more than once. He’s a lot nicer than me too. So, different is just different.
And, I get that it can be that simple, but that’s only going to happen once he sees it’s that simple - and that’s something I can’t do for him.
What’s unusual about the no sleep for 48 hours? I thought most people stopped sleeping when they go psychotic.
He doesn’t have a normal 24 hours cycle. He kind of does now due to the medication, but naturally and not psychotic, he seems to lean towards 24 up, 12 asleep. Even as an infant he didn’t sleep much.
The 48 hours up happens when he gets racing thoughts. I know what that’s like - I get them too, just not as bad. But, I have lots of sleepless nights because I’m mad or worried. The difference is my brain will finally shut off - his won’t. At his worst, I’ve seen him go 10 days with no sleep at all until we got him on Zyprexa. 900 mg of seroquel didn’t even phase him.
He’s been pretty good for almost 4 months now, but before then, he had 5 of those manic episodes in 10 months. Sometimes, it would be absolutely no sleep for the whole time - other times it would be 2 hours of sleep every 48 hours. The last time, he had so much adrenaline pumping through his system, the ER made him go through medical before they’d turn him over to psychiatric.
That’s why, even though he has lots of other symptoms, I’m not convinced he has schizophrenia. It has to at least be schizo-affective due to the mania. And, maybe he’s got a really severe case of bipolar. There are several people in the family with bipolar - he’d be the first with SZ. But, I don’t get too hung up on it - it’s all just labels and a word doesn’t change anything.