Does My Son Have Disorganized Schizophrenia?
I’m not sure if my son has what is referred to as disorganized schizophrenia or not. He has been battling one type or another of mental illness since his life began. His life got off to a very rough start because of the fact that his biological mother (we adopted him) decided doing hard drugs like cocaine and methamphetamines were more important that taking care of herself during her pregnancy. This meant that he spent the first three months of his life withdrawing from cocaine and methamphetamines.
Disorganized schizophrenia is a type of mental illness where the person’s actions and speech don’t seem to make much sense because of the psychosis. In many cases the person seems to have lost touch with reality altogether. Because of this they may be more prone to lash out and my son has definitely lashed out in a violent way more than once toward me and his mother. Although I won’t get into all the details, I will just say that during the very first time he lashed out he thought our home was his and everything in it. When I wouldn’t let him take our car which he thought was his he lost it. Let’s just say it ended with the Police showing up.
To help you even better understand that his thoughts are so bizarre at times, on another occasion I was in his bedroom and he yelled at me to stop walking or I would fall into a large pit. The look in his face told me it was extremely real and in his mind he saw a large hole.
On another occasion he has called the Police himself because he felt he was endanger of being assassinated. The person trying to assassinate him, in this case a female, was a delusional character in his mind. When the Police showed up it didn’t take them long to figure out that he had a mental illness. He ended up spending a few days in the mental hospital.
The problems with many types of schizophrenia like disorganized schizophrenia is that mental health experts are not sure what medications will help with the delusions. Notice I mentioned medications and not medication. Our son has been on multiple medications for several years as we try to determine which combination of drugs will help the best. So far we have not figured out which ones do.
If you have a family member or friend between the ages of sixteen and twenty that is beginning to talk to themselves, but the conversations don’t seem to make any sense they may be developing disorganized schizophrenia. The reason I mentioned the ages of sixteen to twenty is because that is the age it begins to set in. Although it may be a difficult decision it will be the very best for them to get help. Although our son will never be what the world refers to as normal he is a lot better on medication than off it.
Thank you and May God bless you!
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