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My son is 23. He was attending college, working part time and working out daily at the gym. He had a stressful period, and did a lot of drinking and smoking stuff that he shouldn't have been. He naturally desended into a psychotic episode. He was hospitalized briefly but recovered from it.
He went back to live with his roommates in his shared apartment. But they were afraid of him, and wanted him out, so they called the police, and claimed that he was hallucinating and had a weapon (none of which was true). The police broke into his room, handcuffed him and took him to a hospital where he received a 234mg shot of Invega Sustenna on Dec 12th 2015. It has rendered him a emotionless and physical wreck. He now sleeps at least 18 hours a day, sometimes getting up in time for dinner, sometimes not. He can bearly hold a simple conversation while he's up.
For the first couple of months he was suicidal. He kept telling me that he just wanted to die. He had and still has a severe case of anhedonia. He feels no emotion at all, other than anxiety. He doesn't like or dislike anything. He gets no pleasure from eating or seeing the sunshine, or watching something really funny on TV. He feels no satisfaction about anything and didn't look forward to anything. He's worried that he may have permanent brain damage.
We're tried seeing a different psychiatrist. But that one doesn't believe my son and thinks he needs to be on a "mood stabilizer". I think that would definitely kill him at this point.
My smart, good-looking, athletic and motivated young son now wouldn't even make a decent zombie.
Has anyone had a similar experience or have a success story about getting off the long acting Invega or Risperdal?
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