Not sure if my son is schitzophrenic

Having issues with my sons physocis

Psychotherapy + lowest dosages of meds. If clinical doses aren’t working to curb his psychosis, then chances are it’s exacerbating his symptoms. I can speak first-hand and say it’s not a working solution for everyone.

What issues are you having exactly, though? I think family members need to acquire a higher measure of patience when working with family that has SZ. My family had virtually no empathy for my sister who had SZ and it was a damn shame. She acted out far more than I did, true, but she shouldn’t have been ridiculed or criticized so bad - for I know for a fact no one else in the group could have survived her variation of SZ. Be greatful you don’t have it.

Well to be exact I can track the event of which the episodes began.Which happened this year sept third.Anyway this is our third trip to a mental hospital and I’m trying to help to get this right this time. He is hallucinating and hearing voices, he has two specific voices ,one being good and one who tells him to kill himself and kill people he dislikes,

I think someone on this site said that the pdoc’s consider you schizophrenic if you have been psychotic for six months or longer. I would watch your son carefully. Get a professional opinion.

This is true,they call it schitzophrenaform for six months and to top it off he is 16, so the drug option is slimmer in choices but he just had the first episode in September and now he’s able to explain exactly what he sees and hears

Don’t worry about the diagnosis - just make sure his symptoms are treated.

Many people here have different diagnosis over time - so it doesn’t help to get too hung up on the diagnosis, and its actually helpful to not have an "official " diagnosis - because they are often wrong, and people tend to read too much into the outcomes if a person has “schizophrenia” or perhaps bipolar disorder.

Just do your best at getting your son’s treatment as good as possible and make sure his symptoms are treated. If he’s not doing well - keep working hard on the doctors to help him more.

Here are some good documents to read:

Depending on where you live - if you can, try to get your son to an early psychosis treatment center - they are usually the best programs:

Thankyou, I am currently torn between the therapist and psychiatrist who specializes in schizophrenia and a group called the rap program which is located in New York through children’s Schneiders hospital, the only thing I do know is that I feel he needs to have his time occupied so there isn’t time to dwell over nothing.

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Early treatment programs usually have an entire team for you to work with, and help the whole family adjust. You should contact NAMI for more info on available resources

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Thankyou,I feel a lot of people advising me this way,I’m hoping for an everyday type program so he doesn’t fall off and end up in the hospital again,this is three times and it’s only a month and a half

Great - that sounds like a good program:

You might also try your local NAMI and find out about possible day programs for your son, or if he’s doing better perhaps easing him into some volunteer work or part time school / community college, or something like that, that isn’t too stressful. Talk with the psychiatrist at the RAP program and see if they can recommend something too.

  1. Get a copy of this book and read it. Have your family read it, too.

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

  3. Get properly diagnosed by a board-certified psychopharmacologist who specializes in the psychotic disorders. One can find them at…

  4. Work with that p-doc to develop a medication formula that stabilizes your symptoms sufficiently so that you can tackle the psychotherapy that will disentangle your thinking. The best of the therapies for that currently include…
    DBT –
    MBSR –
    ACT –
    10 StEP –

  5. the even newer somatic psychotherapies like…
    MBBT –
    SEPT –
    SMPT –

  6. or standard CBTs, like…
    REBT –
    Schematherapy –
    Learned Optimism –
    Standard CBT –

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Thankyou for all this information, this will give me plenty to look into this evening after my visit with him, we are in south oaks hospital in Long Island