Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Comments by Bennett

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  • Thanks for your reply. Much has changed for the better, thank G_d. We found an OpenDialogue therapist, a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor, a BioEnergetics therapist, and a psychiatrist who believed more in the power of hard physical exercise and less in neuroleptic medicines. My son began using 2mg of Risperidone and in two months was able to taper off to .5mg and then nothing at all. All the while, he was running every day and taking Chinese herbs as anxiolytics, for increased memory and focus, and better sleep. Gradually, his stress lessened, thank G_d. He now uses only Chinese herbs and supplements such as no-flush Niacin, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, zinc, magnesium, and melatonin. As parents, I believe that we are beginning to learn about the long-time stressors in our relationships that triggered our son’s crisis. Among other things, we learned that our son believed that he did not have a voice and felt trapped. We have a long way to go yet, but now we feel that our son has a chance, thank G_d.

  • Dear Matt,

    I am the parent of a nineteen-year-old who seems to be having trouble distinguishing between our “shared” reality and the reality in his mind. I do not want a diagnosis or labels or anti-psychotic medicines. The problem is that he is violent. He has tried to kill me, my husband, and one of my husband’s business partners. He constantly states that we are not his real parents. He throws and breaks glasses at least once a day. Our lives are at risk. What do we do? We can’t intern him as there are no decent programs apparently. We can’t give him medicines because the medicines do not “cure” his problem. We can’t see doctors because they want to prescribe medicines before even talking to him. His blood work shows NO abnormality whatsoever. I just wish that we could continue living with him as a family and not fear for our lives, his life, and the lives of those around us. Help, please, if you can.

    P.S. I know that he lives in fear also of the things that he sees, hears, feels, and has done. He constantly appologizes and then does it again in a moment of anger. At times, he says that he hates and fears us. At other times, he is silent. He has tried to kill himself.

    He still hopes to finish high school using an online home school. We have used traditional Chinese medicine, accupuncture, and now are giving him .5mg of Risperidone. He now has trouble sleeping, which before the medicine could be helped with herbs. The violence changed everything. We have seen five psychiatrists and two psychologists but tried to avoid the medicines until now. He refused to speak with all of them, except for the one psychologist he met today. Who knows?

    The problem is that he is getting more violent. Soon, there will be pressure to give him stronger and stronger medicines. I do not want that to happen but I am caught between a rock and a hard place.