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Re: Son with psychosis and OCD may need admission to change medication

Hi @Tinker67   Yes I know in my heart that if my girl had stuck with her meds when first diagnosed 10 years ago and taken on the advice of us and her doctors regarding drug use, her story would be much brighter today. Sadly she made the wrong choice. Her initial diagnosis was drug induced psychosis but now 10 years later, catatonic schizophrenia. Her last admission was for 9 months and was released with amazing NDIS support a few months ago. She has ceased all communications with us. Sadly today she has been readmitted as once again had stopped taking her meds and spiralling downwards. With the right medication and the family support your son has as well as employment etc. I feel he will be able to make his place in life. I'm sorry for the grief of loss you are experiencing. So very hard and I still have trouble accepting this is the way it is. I pray that with the love and support your son has that he will live a fulfilling life. Be gentle on yourself and take good care. 🙏

Re: Son with psychosis and OCD may need admission to change medication

@Krishna we watched my oldest step daughter go through similar to your girl, years of drug use, homelessness (when she had a home with us), what we thought was drug induced psychosis and she also had anorexia and bulimia. It was so hard supporting her, but we did everything we could to love her the best we could, while also keeping our own space for our new romantic relationship and in time, protecting our baby boys from the impact of her lifestyle on them while also supporting her to have a relationship with them. Then, 20 years ago, psychiatrists were very reluctant to 'label' psychosis in a 16yo, and they wouldn't provide any medication to treat her distress. So she self medicated with any drug for years. Eventually, she made her way out of drug use, but still used alcohol heavily, and I suspect marijuana. 6 years ago she had her first child, followed by 2 more. It is a constant balancing act for her to maintain wellness, and she's had loads of support from professionals. She lives over 1300km away so we only see a curated life on social media, but overall is doing much better. I'm really sorry to hear about your girl. It could have very well been the same story with our girl. I know that love and support is important, but there are some things that are just out of our control, hey? Thank you @Krishna and bless you for your kind heart.

Re: Son with psychosis and OCD may need admission to change medication

Hi and welcome, @Tinker67 ... @Shaz51  has tagged me as I have OCD, but I'm not sure I can help as I've never had a hospital admission. All I know is that OCD is very hard to treat. 

 

Can I ask what form your son's OCD takes? Mine is germophobia, and I've made accommodations so I can live with it. (I have other more urgent mental illnesses that I've been working on). 

 

I also don't have paranoia or psychosis, which maybe your son's team are focussing on in terms of wanting him to go into hospital? 

 

Anyway, I wish your son and you all the best as you both make decisions.

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