My son was in the hospital the beginning of Sept. He seemed better coming out, but the delusions were still there, and he quickly stopped taking his meds.
When he saw his regular pdoc, they gave him Vraylar to try. He took it for a week and stopped.
Then, they gave him Rexulti. He took 1 and stopped.
In the past few weeks, we’ve fought over it, but he took his Zyprexa for the most part, and when he wouldn’t want to take it, I managed to give it to him another way. It’s helped him sleep, and helped him from being agitated & angry, but that’s about it. The paranoia & delusions are still there, some days worse than others, but always there.
We went back to the pdoc today. Last time, he wouldn’t talk about his delusions - would only say “it’s complicated”.
Today, he rambled on, then said he knew it sounded crazy, but it was true.
So, the doctor gave us Latuda, which he wouldn’t even agree to take in the office.
Now, I’m torn between 3 possible options, and I don’t even know if any but the last would work - so, what would you do?
I might be able to get him to take the meds with his supplements by just not making a big deal about it and hope he doesn’t realize it since it’s a new pill. I’ve done this before, but only with stuff he’d taken before. I feel very torn about doing it with a new med, but I’m kind of desperate here.
I also worry that this is the wrong thing because I can’t ever tell him I did that, and he won’t connect taking his meds with getting better - if he gets well enough to get his insight back.
I can try bribing him to take the meds - or cutting off stuff I already do for him until he takes them. This might work, but it will result in a big power struggle & constant arguments. I’m thinking I’d cut way back instead of cutting off.
I can just let him stop taking the meds and let him learn the hard way that they are what’s standing between him & the hospital. That means I have to give up my massive control issues and trust the system. Both would be very hard for me, and hard on him, but am I only prolonging what’s going to happen anyway? Am I holding him back from getting some real help if he could get into a good hospital program? Or, would the constant revolving door be our future?
And, what do you guys think about this military stuff? He’s obviously sick right now, and people can see it. Maybe I should take him by the recruiter office like I’m supporting him and let them tell him no way?
Of course, if they were crazy enough to let him sign up, I’d raise holy h*ll with someone, but still …