Positive update - there is Hope

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by TrishQ, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. TrishQ

    TrishQ Guest

    Hi all new and old alike... I have missed you all.
    My difficult child is diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder - it is sort of a double whammy of bipolar and schizophrenia. Throughout his teen years, he self-medicated - Since he's not a professional, he didn't self-medicate very well- he was in jail a couple of times, in the state mental hospital for almost a year, and had numerous inpatients stays. I am pleased to announce that my son is now living in his own apartment with some help from an agency and he's entering college. YIPPIE....
    He's very nervous, not very confident in himself; but, I believe he will do well. They finally found the correct medication. He's a bit needy; but, as my SO and I have talked about, he sort of stop maturing at about 13, now he is playing catch up. I truly believe he can do it.
    I hope to stop back here soon. For a while, I didn't think I had anything positive to offer - things have been good for a while - I still feel as though I am waiting for the other shoe to drop.
  2. Marcie Mac

    Marcie Mac Just Plain Ole Tired

    Thats wonderful news Trish :)
  3. DazedandConfused

    DazedandConfused Active Member

    That's just wonderful! Way to go!
  4. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Wow Trish...How wonderful! Its so good to see you again too. Keeping everything crossed that son does well.
  5. OpenWindow

    OpenWindow Active Member

    Hi Trish - great news! Try not to worry about the other shoe dropping, just enjoy this great success while you can!

  6. house of cards

    house of cards New Member

    Thanks for sharing and giving us hope that our kids will get it together...maybe just a little later then other kids.
  7. Fran

    Fran Former desparate mom

    Trish, I so miss those early morning posts. I am so glad to see your name on the board.

    About difficult child, Way To Go!!!!! I am so happy to hear that he is finding his way out of the dark. :bravo::bravo::bravo:He has been to hades and back. I'm so tickled for him that you would think I was related. Give him a thumb's up from this old member.

    Trish, you too have been through the ringer. I'm glad there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

    Don't be a stranger. Do you ever hear from Barbie?
  8. Christy

    Christy New Member

    It is so nice to hear a suceesful update like that! Thank you for sharing.

    Wishing you and your son all the best!
  9. busywend

    busywend Well-Known Member Staff Member


    Happy dance time!! :cutie_pie:

    Way To Go difficult child!! :jumphappy:

    Way To Go Warrior mom!! :warrior:

    Good luck in college! :bravo:
  10. Andy

    Andy Active Member

    Thank you! It really is reassuring that the diagnosis our kids get will not stop them from enjoying an independent life.
  11. trinityroyal

    trinityroyal Well-Known Member

    Trish, what a wonderful post.
    I'm glad to hear that your difficult child is doing so very well.

    Way To Go difficult child!
  12. amazeofgrace

    amazeofgrace New Member

    praise for positive news, prayers for continued success!
  13. Suz

    Suz (the future) MRS. GERE

    Hey Trish- I posted to you not so long ago in PE to see if you were around. What a wonderful surprise to see you here today!

    WOOOOOOOOOO WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO to difficult child. :bravo:

    And WOOOOOOOOOO WOOOOOOOOOOOO that you and SO are still happy! :thumbsup:

    Thanks for the smile you put on my face tonight.

  14. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    I have a friend (I use the term loosely at the moment, however) who has a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder. She's also recently persuaded them to add Asperger's to her list.
    She's very bright (in her special interest areas) and has a degree in journalism. She had absolutely no support in childhood, her mother sounds like she has a lot of her own similar problems, so if this girl I know can do so well, then your son, with all the support you've given him and all the help he has had, has got to have a good chance to do just as well if not better.

    Good to hear from you!

  15. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    What an uplifting post to read! I'm so happy for you and your difficult child! Thank you for posting such a hopeful post!:)
  16. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    How wonderful!! It is ALWAYS uplifting to hear positive updates, esp when we know how hard things were. This is just wonderful - I know your heart must be so happy!

    Thanks for the great news

  17. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    OMgosh, Trish, that's WONDERFUL!!!!!! You must all be so proud of yourselves.

    by the way, what medications is he on? I don't know a lot of people who have schizoaffective disorder.