My son is still in a treatment program in Utah and doing very well on Clozapine (and a bunch of other meds). He has told me repeatedly how other ‘kids in the program have a much more severe case of SZ than he has’. And further that when he gets out that he wants a job to counsel and help other kids with MI/SZ.
Obviously, we get excited that these comments seem to indicate awareness and compassion. He has always had a loving heart (setting aside his threats/attempts to kill me).
Recently he has still been convinced that Jesus has forsaken him and will soon kill him in a very bizarre and specific manner. He has been so convinced of this pending death that we were in constant communication with the staff at the facility to keep him safe. Thankfully his predicted death did not occur on his prophesied date but he remains convinced of this reality.
On a subsequent call, I asked him the following: “When you start helping other kids, and you have a new kid (he calls them kids) that really has bad SZ (using his lingo not mine) and this kid believes the earth will swallow him alive on a certain date (a different but equally bizarre cause of death), what would you tell him? I mean, you know that the earth won’t actually swallow him up but what do you tell him?’ (Note: he clearly realizes that this bizarre death won’t occur but can’t connect it to his similar death prediction).
His response, “Easy. He knows it is true. I’d just encourage him and never question his prophesy.”
Boom. So we just encourage our son when and if he references his pending death with a new prophetic date. And we say ‘I know that must be scary. We are praying for you.’ We never say ‘it didn’t happen last time!!’ or use any other easy logic for dismissing his prediction. We use his words, encourage him and don’t question it.
This hasn’t ‘fixed him’. But it has helped us both on this journey. Love wins.