Money makes a difference
I have an adult son with schizophrenia...probably. The only time he went to a psychiatrist the differential included schizophrenia, depression with paranoid features and/or schizoaffective disorder. All I know is he hears voices, has delusions and hallucinations, and is socially crippled. I eagerly read the chapter on schizophrenia in the book but since we are not a family with financial means, I found it difficult to relate. Yes, those people were in and out of treatment. But my son has had no treatment. I can't force him..he is not actively a danger to himself or others..his one attempt at meds was Haldol and that had horrible side effects. He refuses to sign any paperwork for public assistance that would identify him as mentally ill so we are stuck. Now that I am retired, I struggle to support him but continue to do as much as I can..to the detriment of my marriage. I guess I just wanted to vent.....