he's such a cutie!! I'm sorry you and your family are going through some really tough times and here is a lot of vibes that everything turns out alright
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10/22/08 at 4:29am
My older brother is Schizophrenic and Bipolar. He first showed symptoms at the age of 9. It was very rough growing up in a house with him when we were kids and my poor mother had such a rough time dealing with him. He is now almost thirty and things have got much better once he was out of his teens. he now lives a few blocks from my parents in his own apartment, works for my dads construction company, and is does quite well on his meds. He still has his cycles where every few months he goes off his meds, totally loses control and goes back to the hospital for a few weeks to get back on track. At this point he actually really likes the hospital and feels at home there. We do all his banking for him, take him shopping, and he eats at our houses a few times a week, but he does pretty well on his own all things considered.
Once you make it through those rough teen years things often get better. I was diagnosed as Bipolar and Generalized Anxiety Disorder as well when I was 16 but it is so much milder than your sons. It was rough in my teens but I am now in my 20's and I control it with a awesome herbal medication and other than a few hard times a year I pretty much live everyday just like your average person. I learned techniques to talk myself down out of panic attack, and was to prevent myself from falling into slumps!
I hope all turns out well for you and your son! I will be sending positive vibes your way!
Once you make it through those rough teen years things often get better.