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Question?: Schizophrenia Medication

Laura asks…

Is schizophrenia managable without medication or therapy?

My Girlfriend has Schizophrenia, she says she will never take medication for it or go get therapy. (her dad has convinced her that medications are not for mental illness) As for therapy, she doesn’t want to pay for it. Apparently she has had something telling her to hurt ME a couple times before. I love her very much but I don’t want to live the rest of my life worrying about my safety. Is it possible to control the symptoms without medication or therapy?

admin answers:

Sorry, but diet and exercise aren’t usually effective for controlling mental illness. Unless there is an “alternative” treatment that would be effective (do some research) then no…her illness cannot be controlled by doing nothing.

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Question?: Schizophrenia Medication

Michael asks…

How long do you have to be on medication for schizophrenia?

I suffer from schizophrenia psychosis and have been prescribed medication. I don’t really want to keep taking medication for the rest of my life but I’ve been taking it for four years and I heard that pills can strip away the lining of your stomach and I’ve been having problems there as well. Lots of coffing, constipation, and sometimes I can’t even tell if I need to go to the toilet until I stand up or think really hard that I have to go.

admin answers:

It is always good to talk to your doctor about the any possible new symptoms. They may or may not be related to your medication. Coughing, constipation and the like can have a whole list of causes. There is not a medication out there, whether prescription drugs, herbal remedies or over the counter drugs that do not have possible side effects. Do not take it upon yourself to discontinue your medication if it has helped you so far. Talk to your doctor. If the drugs you are being prescribed have helped you so far, that is great. They can often be adjusted by your doctor as your body adjusts to them.

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In Their Own Words – Finding Autism Island

Great way to put all of this. I too had days that I gave up, and would sit Josh in front of the TV. I think the only good that came out of that was that we had bought his “your baby can read”. My son is super smart ..and I give those movies credit. I couldn’t get him to make eye contact long enough to teach him anything, and I figured if he would pay attention to the TV, at least have him watch something where he could learn. Now at 3, he is top of his class, has doubled his test scores (which his teachers say they have never seen happen in their teaching career), and a SUPER happy kid! No, he isnt talking, but that doesnt bother me as much as it used to. As of two days ago, he finally gave me a kiss. Granted, I have forced affection on him since birth… but it is super cool to see him pucker.. especially when I say, can I have a kiss?

DAVID… hun, it breaks my heart to hear you say that. I know EXACTLY how you feel. My husband used to travel for work, and was gone pretty much the first year and a half of his life. I knew Josh (our son) was autistic from 6 months. My husband (Chris) didnt want to admit it. I could tell that it broke his heart. But now, as he seems how smart Josh is.. and all the cool things he CAN do.. he is soooo much better. Time heals all. Im not sure if you are a new dad to this, or just never came to terms with it. But Autism is a gift! God knew you could handle this, and thats why he picked you, and every one of us! I have been through A LOT in my life, and I mean A LOT… starting with losing my dad to a gang when I was 12. He was shot and killed on a golf course. And I won’t even get in to the rest of my life. But at first I was sooo mad at God.. and always scream “what next???” “all this crap I have gone throught, NOW you give me a child with Autism???? REALLY???” That is what I thought every day for over a year.

So you are not alone if you are mad at God! But like I said, God doesnt give us things he doesnt think we cant handle. If you need someone to chat with David, or anyone reading this for that matter, please feel free to look me up on Facebook.

I am ALWAYS open for new friends, especially in my autism circle 😉

MELISSALTERRY@GMAIL.COM of course it isnt in caps..but wanted people to see the L after the A. feel free to add me.. just let me know who you are 😉

God Bless..
Melissa

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