I apologise for the length of this email.In 2010 my then 20 year old daughter started hearing voices telling her she was a criminal, and she kept trying to hand herself in to the police. She became a danger to herself, and after assessment by a mental health nurse was admitted to hospital under section,and was diagnosed with Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia
, as she did
not respond to 3 types of anti psychotic meds. She is now on clozapine She came home to live with me and her dad. We had lots of support, as mental health outreach workers came out to her 5 mornings a week. They involved her in activities such as going to the gym, and all seemed to be going well.
However she started buying bottles of wine while we were at work,her drinking increased, until she was finally readmitted to hospital following an overdose. She got access to her medication,took a whole week's worth, plus paracetamol, bleach and cider. Her medication was recommenced, but without an antidepressant as this time they had caused her mood to swing to manic. Again we had lots of support, again she started drinking, hiding bottles in her room. 5 months later she tried to jump off a bridge on to a motorway. Thankfully the police were called, and she is safely back in hospital. She is still taking clozapine, has been started on a different antidepressant, and is having psychotherapy.
The psychiatrist seems very positive, although she has mentioned ECT as a very last resort. I really don't want this, and would appreciate your views on it.
My main question is,how we can help my daughter when she comes home. Can you see a positive outcome to our situation. Your views would be greatly appreciated. Thank you