My daughter has schizoaffective disorder, meds are not working, where do I go from here?
I have a daughter with schizo-affective disorder. She is only 20, but has had psychotic symptoms since 9th grade. She spent most of her senior year of HS going in and out of the hospital. She has been on every med and combination thereof, and was mixing and matching herself for a while. I wound up keeping her meds in a lockbox, but she had a hidden stash somewhere. We had several ER visits for overdose of presription drugs. I tried the direct confrontation approach once, and she called and reported me for verbal child abuse. She is currently living with a couple of friends of mine, and I am no longer an active participant in her life or care. Needless to say this pains me greatly. My friends are giving her a place to stay, but are enabling her to just do nothing all day. It is a sad, mixed up mess, as it is for anyone in this situation. She just spent 5 weeks in the hospital, since her voices are now "commanding" her to hurt people. She is out now, somewhat better, but her psychiatrist is talking ECT which just scares me to death. She went last year to see a specialist at NIMH, who gave her psychiatrist an algorithm for medication. Bless her heart: she has had drooling, has had unbelievable weight fluctuations, acne, tardive dyskinesia, and at one point was lactating. Anyone have any suggestions?