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schizophrenia

Hi everyone,

I haven't been coping too well the last few weeks and needed to share...(my 31 yr old son is a diagnosed schizophrenic),I took him shopping last Thursday and he was clearly affected by ice. The day before, he called me in a panic and said that he has a drama and couldn't get his depot injection and that he had arranged to have it in another 2 weeks, which would breach his CTO. I went along with his story, but called his case manager to let him now. 

Anyway on the Thursday, he was very aggressive towards me and my car, yelling and saying weird stuff, it was a bit scary. I tried to remain calm and talk to him, I asked him if he ever got tired of being a drug addict....that didn't go down too well. He doesn't believe he has a problem. Then I found out that he was $500 in arrears with his rent and was possibly going to be evicted! So far that hasn't happened and his case manager visited him and gave him his depot injection.

My thing is...should I keep supporting him or give us both some space?? I told him that I wouldn't be buying anymore groceries as he didn't pay back the full amout he owed me from the previous week. He even demanded I pay his rent!

I took some washing down yesterday and asked if he knew about Caronavirus...and he had no idea! I'm just having trouble coping with the whole drama of it all. He is on a disability pension, so he will be getting financial aid from the government soon, and I'm sure that will be given straight to the local drug dealer - such a waste! I wonder if the goverment even think of how a lot of the money will be spent?

Are there any suggestions on places I could call to speak with someone? I know of lifeline.

OK, better calm down and breath... thanks for your support here, and taking the time to listen.

Cheers Libra xoxo

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@Libra 

I don't know the ins and outs  in relation to the process but if a person is not thought to have capacity, you can apply for public guardianship order where the public trustee manage patient funds. Case worker might know how to go about this.

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Thanks for the information @Darcy , but he won't even get his rent paid through Centrepay. 

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@Libra 

This is involuntary - varies from state to state - but similar.

 

As an example SA info here

 

http://www.sacat.sa.gov.au/types-of-cases/administration-of-a-persons-affairs/what-is-an-administrat...

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@Libra 

Hi there. I have not used a service like this, but I have read of hotlines available in each state where you can receive free, non-judgemental advice for drug and alcohol issues and dual diagnoses. Just put in 'drug and alcohol hotline' into a seach engine, followed by your home state. Wishing you the very best. Meg1

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Thanks so much @Meg1 , I'll have a go at that in the morning. Any help and advice will help. At the moment, I'm not calling him re: washing or anything and waiting for him to call me. I need space. 

Thanks again, Libra xo

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My son is under financial management with Trustee & Guardian. Ensures his bills get paid & takes that stress off me. Recommended looking into this. 

Take care of yourself.

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