We live in the UK. Our daughter has had schizophrenia since she was 15 years old. After she was diagnosed, the psychiatrists tried several medication cocktails, but Abilify and Venlofaxine proved to be the most effective. Over the last 14 years, she’s had lots of wobbles of anxiety/paranoia/delusion/halucination, and we’ve needed to seek professional help from CPNs, crisis team, A&E, and managed to guide her back to being able to cope with life. She’s had a couple of jobs, got herself a gaming art qualification, and started University about 6 months ago.
About 4 months ago, things started to deteriorate. She became obsessed that she was pregnant, spent a fortune on pregnancy tests, even persuaded doctors to send her for scans. She finally gave up the paranoia, then dumped her boyfriend. She then started going to a social group for mental illness sufferers, where she made some new friends. She got herself a new boyfriend, but then started to find the University work hard going and her work was being criticised quite harshly, so she began to explore a host of different ideas, from leaving Uni altogether, to changing course, getting a part-time job, getting a full-time job, her head was just spinning, as was ours. She then started going to church, suddenly wanted to get baptized, and then a couple of weeks ago, announced she was God, and could heal people.
We’ve been monitoring her for a while as we were concerned about some of the ideas she had and the things she was saying. We’ve been in contact with her mental health support team for a while, as we could see her getting worse. They recently decided she should be hospitalised, and that’s where she is now, with lots of delusions. We’re being told she will recover, but it could be a long haul.
So now we’re questioning, what caused this? We saw the deterioration, but didn’t see she was heading for a relapse. Was it the worry about Uni, the crticism of her work, the new boyfriend? Was going to church a really bad idea, since her delusions are now all based on religion and satanism, where this wasn’t the case when she was first diagnosed? We want to try to prevent another relapse, to protect her from whatever caused it. Does anybody else have any experience of this, is relapse inevitable, so in effect there is no specific cause?