There was no help. My son had his first breakdown as a High School Junior in 1997....but, now he tells me he heard voices at a very early age.
He has paranoid schizophrenia.....
In Benton County....there was not much help at all. The main psych.
doctor was the only one who took the time and effort to really look for a diagnosis. Then Benton County cut services....so, we moved my child over to Bend to live with his mom....he had continuing breakdowns and there were only 14 beds in all of Deschutes Country....for mentally ill folks.
We have been, with my son, to Eastern Oregon Psych Hospital, the Oregon State Hospital in Salem, the Heeran Center in Eugene and another center down in Klamath Falls.....THERE IS NO COORDINATION between agencies! NOTHING!
The Klamath County Mental Health and Judge wanted to release my son.....they had no records, they were not forwarded...he made his own diagnosis in ten minutes.....and this is the problem....there IS NO COORDINATION!
I have had to fight, tooth and nail, with every part of this system since day one....including Social Security and every single health care provider....the outcomes of schizophrenia? No socialization, isolation, continual committment, huge weight swings due to medications, NO LONG TERM PLAN WHATSOEVER FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN MEDS....IT's all MEDS, MEDS and more MEDS.
Educate the community? In Corvallis? You would think a higher educated community would have a better social net for this kind of thing...no way....it was a revolving door to the hospital, and case workers who really ought to retire.....back and forth....no plan, no system, no caring.....KAIROS was a great idea.....and lost the funding....
What positive, long term view of the future, can a schizophrenic have?
How are the days spent in the hospital? MEDS, MEDS and more MEDS.
There is no hope.....have you been to the Heeran center in Eugene?
There is no hope until there is a cure. Get real.
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