Dear Dr Kashik,
I am sorry i am taking so much of your time but i cant help it because you are saying things that make sense and i keep gravitating back to you to answer more and develop better understanding.
My son was diagnosed with adhd in childhood.I was given the choice of having him put on ritalin or doing nothing about it. I decided not to medicate him in the hopes that his adhd could be managed by more natural means.
My decision was based upon my experience of my younger sister who suffered a significant trauma at the age of 17 years and as a result was hospitalized .She came home for a year and then was diagnosed with full blown schizophrenia at age 18. She died in a mental institution age 49 just this year. Her diagnosis was treatment resistant schizophrenia. Between the ages of 17 and 25 yrs i was so shocked and sad about her illness and all the different medications she had to take [ none of which brought her back to who my family knew] that when my own son was diagnosed with ADHD i just didn't want to consider medication. I believe i made the wrong decision and suffer those consequences.
when my son was 24 years old he started university. Right at that time [ first week] he experienced the suicide of a loved one. He managed to get through 2 years of university successfully and then it became very apparent to me that he was unwell....his main symptoms were believing that university professors were out to get him.... he said that he was being followed ...hearing peoples thoughts...feeling attacked.
His first diagnosis was bi polar. 2nd- S.affective 3rd paranoid schrenphrenia.
The risperedone helped tremendously apart from tiredness and weight gain. Now he has switched by your advise - and he is feeling better re tiredness . However, his main goal is to finish that university degree that his illness curtailed after 2 years. That is his dream.
These are my questions:
1. Can significant trauma cause mental illness?
2. To what degree is an adhd diagnosis in childhood linked to serious mental illness in adulthood?
3. Has there been any research about how many adults with
S.Affective or schrenphrenia gain a degree and complete there studies?
4.Are there successful professionals with these diagnosis?
5.Was there any validity in depriving my son of ritalin in childhood re : a child's developing brain?
6. As you will know, family closest to a loved one with mental illness
suffer greatly .I made a commitment to my son that i would stand by him and support him because his greatest fear is being instituonalised for whole lifetime like his aunty.