I am writing on behalf of a dear friend of mine. Now, looking back in the rearviewmirror I can see the red flags and that the whole thing started about 15 months ago.
Smoking weed, isolation, feeling somewhat persecuted, agitation. Later on last year he would have very vivid imaginations, paranoid thoughts.
He did not think he needed help.
Earlier this year he could lock himself in his room in darkness for days, wanted to be alone.
I study abroad and when I came back in the end of June for summer break i found out he has now been hearing voices, he think he is something special like grandios, acting very arrogantly, he thinks his family plotted something against him but “haha, it did not work”, he thinks that someone is watching us through the TV still he will sit watch the TV, someone is talking or doing things from across the block, he has something against the neighbour who is sending textmessages through the ceiling. The voices are people he knows.
He eats and taket care of his hygene and can sometimes be active, like start cleaning the house. We did a geography quiz some weeks ago (i like geography). I was impressed how good he was. Better then I.
He does not appear to be distressed or depressed, more the opposite. He is now more like “i play with the voices”, “I pretend I dont get what they mean”, “I am used to it now”.
There was an incident some days ago, and since he would not go to seek help voluntarily his family took the opportunity to call the police who in turn called for a team more competent in psycosis. He would engage in a normal conversation with the police, the spoke about football/soccer, housing etc. He is able to sometimes talk normal with the “right” ppl. Ppl he respects maybe. When the police asked him questions he openly told the police in DETAIL everything he is experiencing, things his family did not even know. All the bizarrness and ended with “but it is nothing mental”.
Eventuellt, he “voluntarily” went to the hospital. While there, he regreted following and wanted to go home so they gave him a shot to calm down.
His family pleaded that they would not send him home and thankfully now he will remaim there by “force” until his psycosis is determined and treated.
He will be properly evaluated tomorrow for the first time and meds/treatment will be established.
He hade told the nurse that this was a misunderstanding or something.
Well, i guess i am writing in this forum to recieve some HOPE even if it took so long to get him into treatment.
Sometimes I feel hopeful, most times i feel distressed, fear, gult, confusion not knowing what is to come next. Will he remaim in denial or will it go away after he gets antipsycotics (one of my biggest concerns)? Will he respond well to them and will they take away the voices and delusions? Will he come back to his senses ever again? Will he recover? Will i ever get my friend back? Is it this or is it that? … a lot of questions circulating
If you have some hopeful experiences, words, facts kindly throw it my way