I am a mother of a 16 year old son who has struggled for many years with "issues". Never really had a diagnosis over the past but he was usually sullen and withdrawn from people, didn't make friends easily and had many combative issues at school. Last year we finally gave in and withdrew him from school, against our better judgement. Our plan was for him to attend a military academy. In order to attend the academy he had to be free from drugs, alcohol and suicidal attempts. No psychiatric hospitalizations within the past 6 months was thier standard. Well in December he went in for 10 days and got diagnosed with Schizoeffective w/psychosis. The doctors have referred to this as Paranoid schizophrenia, just Schizophrenia, and also mentioned Delusional Disorder. I have researched all in full. Basically he is Schizophrenic. Somatic Delusions and Persecutory Delusions. Somatic worse than anything else. Every day he has a new symptom of some major disease that is going to kill him. I don't know how to reply to these. He is taking Risperdal and Serequel, they do seem to help, but some days he needs to take more, or I need him to. I don't know which one. I wonder where this came from? I guess in a way I think he got it genetically from me, even though I am not diagnosed. I have many fears myself and these have held me back in life in many ways. But again mine could just be anxiety issues. Who knows. I know he cannot go to military school now and I really don't think he can even manage to work a job and get his GED in the county program right now. I don't know how to help him sometimes. Is there any other moms out there or even dads out there dealing with thier child with Schizophrenia? Any idea how to help them get out of the house and get motivated and set goals? He sees a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist for Counseling/Therapy. It's too early to tell how that will help. I don't know of any support groups locally or programs locally to help him. He has very few friends, if any really. And the two he has, one isn't allowed to be around him, this boys father is a control freak and the other one is in trouble w/the law all the time, not a very good influence. We play chess and other games together and play on the Wii together, but getting him out of the house is a major affair and even talking about the future is scary. WE are looking at getting him a dog, Alaskan Malamute, is the breed he is looking at. I hope this works out, at least I know how to help him train it. I thought a companion like that, he could tell anything he wanted to this dog and wouldn't be judged, would be a great thing. Any thoughts on that? I guess help.
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