Is anyone raising a schizophrenic child?

Gretchen - posted on 01/09/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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We have been in a manic/paranoid state for almost a month now. Need some support (and sleep!) My son is 9 1/2 years old and was diagnosed years ago with schizophrenia, ADHD, IED and ODD. This month has really been hard. I can not leave his side, even to go to the bathroom. If i do he will become scared and so agitated and upset that he will struggle to even breathe. he is only sleeping a couple hours a night which means i too am only sleeping a couple hours a night. anyone have any new suggestions on ways to ease the manic state? I use exercise, a healthy diet, his medication and try to keep things quiet and as stimulant free in the house as possible. **strugglingmommy

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Denikka - posted on 01/09/2013

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I don't have any personal experience with schizophrenia, but I wanted to send out my sympathies.
I would suggest looking for a forum that deals specifically with young kids with mental illness. If you Google it, you should be able to find something. You can also look into a little girl names Jani Schofield. She is an 8yr old who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. One of her websites may be able to put you in touch with other parents who are having similar struggles and who may have advice for you.

Good luck with your little boy :) I hope things can stabilize for him soon and he can be happy in his life :) and you in yours :)

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