Hello everyone, I am new here and have have been reading many of your posts and can definitely relate to many of you. I had no idea something like this existed! I found it doing an internet search. My son will be 25 on June 15. He got in trouble when he was 19 and got a 5 year deferred sentence and one weekend in jail. He also went to an outpatient rehab for his addiction to prescription medications. He got a job and did really well for almost 5 years. His deferred sentence dropped and he was no longer a convicted felon. Then for some reason he started to act really bizzare. He had been going to church and then he stopped. He talked about God but he seemed to dwell on strange things. He told me that God was looking out for him and he was going to live his life like he wanted. He started wrapping things in the house with foil and he was always paranoid about radiation killing us. He also talked a lot about the government recording things that we said in the house. Shortly after that he had an episode where he went out of contol (preaching to traffic) and the police took him to a mental hospital for evaluation. He was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, ADHD and ADD. Apparently, he had been overtaking adderol for several months along with some sea salts he got on the internet that we were not aware of. I wondered if that is what caused his episode or if he really has a mental illness. Once he got out of the hospital he was taking Haldol and it made him seem like he was a zombie and he would sleep all day. The psychiatrist took him off that and put him on vyvance instead of adderol for his ADHD and ADD. He seemed to be doing better so I thought maybe everything would be ok. He was lucky enough that his job let him go back after he was off for 2 weeks. Within a month or so he moved out and got his own apartment. A month later he QUIT the job he had for almost 5 years! I knew something was wrong but there was nothing I could do at that point. He told me he was an adult and he was making his own decisions. I couldn't believe it but he actually got unemployment so he was able to keep his apartment, for a while. Then he went down to a car dealership and bought a new car! He said he could afford it with his unemployment but I knew he couldn't. My Mom and I helped him some hoping we could help him out and it was all for nothing. On Jan 17, he was arrested and put in jail for 3 felony charges, one being a violent crime. His case has been continued several times and his next court date is 26 Jun. We did not bail him out of jail and we did not get him an attorney. We told him if he ever got in trouble again we would not do it and we haven't. We do put money on his commissary and phone so he can call us. I sometimes wonder if that was the right thing to do. He seems more like himself when I talk to him but he still doesn't seem exactly right. I don't know if he actually has a mental illness or maybe all the medications and possible street drugs he took may have done some damage to his brain. He wants us to send him books about quantum physics, consciousness and ancient widsom. He never read much in the past. He was always going to the gym and eating healthy and took classes to be a personal trainer. His interest in those different type of things didn't start until he started taking adderol and other drugs. Have any of you had any similar experiences with your children? I sometimes feel like I am the only one in the world with a son like this. I know he is going to do time in prison. I love him very much but want to do the right thing. I have good days and bad days. I am going to get through this and be stronger for it. By reading your posts, I know good things can happen! May God Bless you all!