who are we to decide what is a healthy coping mechanism? would leaving that toddler in the same house with his violent sibling be any more healthy?
Honestly, I cannot see how splitting your family up is ever going to have a positive effect. But that's just my opinion. I think they need to be able to support eachother and even IF she is Schizophrenic, that doesn't mean she can't learn behaviours as other children do, in time. Patience is key, and obviously increased vigilance around the other child until she has learned that lashing out is unacceptable behaviour.
maybe she did start it for attention, but most kids grow out of that, they stop
And some don't. Generally speaking, a child will stop behaving in a negative way when it stops getting them the reaction they crave. Her parents have never ignored the behaviour so why would she stop? It's not malicious, it's a basic strategy that all children utilise to some degree.
the parents said they tried everything else they could think of to stop it before resorting to meds, and they couldnt control her. now some may say well they are just bad parents, but her behavior was extreme, and she hardly ever slept, can you imagine how physically draining that is, not just for the first few months or years but for 5, 6, 7 years?
About as bad as a child with ADHD I imagine, but there are hundreds of parents who refuse to put their child on Ritalin...
i can tell you from experience what it is like to have a delusional person keep you awake night after night, i've been there done it and it is hell on earth.with a new baby to look after as well it must have been terrible for them, it was hard enough for me with a 16 month old baby.
And I can tell you how bad it is to have doctors shoving meds down your throat to "alleviate symptoms" that never work, only to have horrendous side effects until they decide another drug may work...or not, as the case may be. The problem is, because you've been in the same position as the parents, you don't see what the child will go through in the longrun. I appreciate it must be hard for them, but look at the child! Does she honestly look like she's sleeping to you?
how is it you know the drugs make the hallucinations worse? they affect people in different ways, one persons experience with them is not the same as anothers. is this a medically proven fact, are their studies done?
Hallucinations are listed in the common side effects of most anti psychotics, anti depressants and even in the drugs they give you to lessen side effects.
and if so, why would they give it to her if it was going to make the delusions worse,
If I knew the answer to that, I wouldn't have spent ten years being forced to take drugs that make you worse...
from what the parents have said she is far more in control of her behaviour on the meds, they stated that the new ones have no sedative effect, but allow her control over her 'friends', so she doesnt have to do what they say. surely thats a good thing?
One word, placebo.