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  • Author : Mother-in-need
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  • Topic : Something’s not right

Our son who is in his late fourties was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when he was 21 but has never believed the diagnosis as he thinks he is ok. We had to call for help when he went through a psychotic episode. Most of the time he was compliant with medication more to please us and later to stay out of hospital and off CTO's. Six years ago we were able to move him out of home and eventually he was able to get an apartment. All was going well for 5 years and he enjoyed visits home and regularly spending a few nights with us. He enjoyed family get togethers especially looking forward to Christmas each year. He has many memorabilia's from his grandparents who are deceased and often talks fondly of them.

All this changed late last year and we noticed him becoming quite unwell. It took a while to get help as he had moved into an area where he was not known by medical facilities. In the end he was committed on an involuntary treatment order and subsequently discharged on a CTO. He became very angry with me especially because I was once again the person responsible for getting him into hospital. Once discharged he became hostile to the entire family and publicly posts very nasty messages that I invented Schizophrenia so that I could have him locked up etc. Thankfully his treatment team keep me in the loop but basically they feel he is well. His posts show that he still has no insight but he does not share these views with his treatment team so it is difficult to know what he really feels. 
He posts he has no family no friends and won't pick up the phone and has blocked us from communicating via social media. 
My question is ... he seems to cope ok without his family and is quite happy to have no mother no father but ... how can mothers cope in this situation. Sadly emotionally I feel I can't simply stop feeling responsible Smiley Sad 

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