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Dealing with a child who is a Schizophrenic

My son is 23 years old diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 21 spent 10 days in the hospital on diffrent medication he even completed the IOP. Now he is back on the pot and seem to be backsliding. I feel helpless what can I do?

Hi, Wilsha.

While I’ve never smoked weed before, I’d still like to be of some help for you. I have heard that smoking marijuana can make the person experience many positive things, like euphoria or elation. Have you talked with your son about how or why he smokes marijuana? He may be stuck in a rut emotionally and turns to marijuana to make himself feel happiness.

  1. Get a copy of this book and read it. Have his father and any siblings read it, too.
    http://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Schizophrenia-6th-Edition-Family/dp/0062268856

  2. If he needs a professional intervention, tell me where you live, and I will get back to you with leads to those services.

  3. Get him properly diagnosed by a board-certified psychopharmacologist who specializes in the psychotic disorders. One can find them at…
    https://psychiatrists.psychologytoday.com/rms/

  4. Work with that p-doc to develop a medication formula that stabilizes your symptoms sufficiently so that you can tackle to the psychotherapy that will disentangle your thinking from reality effectively. The best of the therapies for that currently include…

DBT – http://behavioraltech.org/resources/whatisdbt.cfm
MBSR – http://www.mindfullivingprograms.com/whatMBSR.php
ACT – https://contextualscience.org/act
MBBT – https://www.newharbinger.com/blog/introduction-mind-body-bridging-i-system
10 StEP – http://pairadocks.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-10-steps-of-emotion-processing.html